Catch That Kid

This is a remake of a small Norwegian film that had a very limited release in early 2002. Nevertheless, I read through “Catch that Kid” (formerly “Catch that Girl,” based on the 2002 Danish film “Klatretosen”) because I figured anything about bankrobbing kids had to be cool.

I was so right.

From the rush of a beginning to the last page, this script was total enjoyment. The kids will like this, the parents will love it, and bank managers will give every kid who walks into their bank second and third glances. And the best partr It’s not one of those evil movies where after seeing it the kiddies will demand to go to Toys R Us and get all the toys from the movie, and then demand to go to McDonalds and get the Happy Meal with another cheap plastic toy from the movie. This film will be all about the story. And it will probably do crappy at the box office because of it.

Our plucky heroine is 12 year old Maddy, who loves two things in life: climbing, and her dad. Both related, since her father used to climb, but after a nasty accident when Maddy was a baby, he now runs a go-kart track. (Are you beginning to see why she loves her dadr) On top of running go-karts, and announcing the races, her dad plays video games, and hangs out with all the local kids. He’s the dad we all wanted as kids, instead of the drunken dopefiends we ended up with. Err, I digress.

On top of the cool dad, she has 2 boys who completely worship her. And who wouldn’tr She’s confident, responsible, caring, and smart as hell. A far cry from most of the young girls in this world. Insecure, weak-willed and eager to please any boy who will look at them twice.

Maddy’s groovy life is turned upside down when her father’s long time back injury resurfaces, putting him into the hospital, completely paralyzed and on the brink of death. The only thing that can save him is experimental treatment in Denmark. Unfortunately, their insurance won’t cover the $200,000 medical bills.

Of course, Maddy is devastated, and when her career-woman mom can’t find the money, she takes things into her own hands. It doesn’t take much for Maddy to figure out the answer. Her mom works for a large bank, installing a new security system that isn’t fully operational yet. So she decides to enlist her two groupies and rob the bank to save her father’s life. Wackiness ensues.

I was worried they would cast someone completely lame for Maddy, and did a little dance when I found out they got Kristen “Panic Room” Stewart. The rest of the kids are played by unknowns, so I won’t bother listing their names. You can check IMDb if you really want to know. Notably, Jennifer Beals plays Molly, Maddy’s career-oriented suit of a mother, and Sam Robards plays Tom, her father.

Like I said, this flick will be funny. Maddy and her adoring fans have great scenes, great lines, and I was giggling like a 12 year old throughout the whole thing. The only place it was lacking in is the conflict. Yes, we know her dad is going to die, but we don’t doubt for a second that Maddy will fail.

The Scorecard
Director: Bart Freundlich
Producers: Mikkel Bondesen, James Dodson, Jeffrey Graup, Andrew Lazar, Damien Saccani, Uwe Schott
Screenwriters: Nicolai Arcel, Michael Brandt, Marianne Dellinger, Bart Freundlich, Derek Haas, Erlend Leo, Hans Fabian Wullenweber
Casting Directors: Douglas Aibel, Michael Hothorn, and Donna Isaacson
Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox
Locations: Glendale, Los Angeles, and Santa Clarita (California, USA)

Rating: A-