movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] The true story of a real fake.

PLOT SUMMARY: The true story of a man who successfully impersonated a pilot (piloting over 2M miles) and a doctor — one of the best career impersonators in history. He developed a strange kind of friendship with the very agent who was pursuing him. In real life, they are still friends to this day. At least, according to the movie.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Impersonating liar lies his way into jail, lucrative career.

PEOPLE: Directed by Steven Spielberg. Man that guy makes a lot of movies. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Christopher Walken, Amy Adams (Moonlight Serenade, Talladega Nights, Psycho Beach Party), Jennifer Garner.

QUIRKS: Based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr.’s life. Lies, subterfuge, impersonation, fraud, having “the man” chase after you.

This is the concluding part of Steven Spielberg’s unofficial “running man trilogy”: A.I., Minority Report, Catch Me If You Can.

MORALS: If you don’t mind going to jail for awhile, lying ultimately pays off.

POLITICS: Putting criminals in jail is good, but using them to stop even more criminals is probably better — even if it means letting a bad guy “get away with it”. Less overall crime is good.

GOOD STUFF: The lies! Such incredible lies!

CONCLUSION: Worth seeing. Good actors, interesting story.

Clint: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. I dunno what I really think, I’m deferring my rating to Carolyn.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.8/10, Netflix: 3.8/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.7/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: Worth seeing. Good actors, interesting story.

SIMILAR MOVIES: The Informant – another movie that takes place over 10 yrs ago and is full of lies and paranoia.


Principal Evans: Mr. and Mrs. Abagnale, this is not a question of your son’s attendance. I regret to inform you that, for the past week, Frank has been teaching Mrs. Glasser’s French class.
Paula Abagnale: He what?
Principal Evans: Your son has been pretending to be a substitute teacher, lecturing the students, uh, giving out homework, uh. Mrs. Glasser has been ill, there was some confusion with the real sub. Your son held a teacher-parent conference yesterday and was planning a class field trip to a French bread factory in Trenton.

Carl Hanratty: Well, would you like to hear me tell a joke?
Earl Amdursky: Yeah. Yeah, we’d love to hear a joke from you.
Carl Hanratty: Knock knock.
Earl Amdursky: Who’s there?
Carl Hanratty: Go fuck yourselves.

Mood: sick of yardwork
Music: Anthrax – Metal Thrashing Mad (live)