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Steven Spielberg's 2002 portrait of a 60s teenage con artist (a nimble performance by Leonardo DiCaprio) is based on the real-life exploits of Frank W. Abagnale but played more for myth than believability. Spielberg's gripping patriarchal obsessions—seen in Abagnale's relationship with his father (Christopher Walken) and the stolid FBI agent (Tom Hanks) pursuing him—carry this jaunty picture for its entire 140 minutes, and it's nice to see him returning to a relatively light mode. In fact, the pacing is so agreeable you might not notice the blatant contempt for the women characters—all of whom turn out to be betrayers, whores, bimbos, or combinations of same—until after you leave the theater. Jeff Nathanson wrote the screenplay; with Nathalie Baye and Martin Sheen.

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