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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

This Kid kinda sucks


Catch That Kid
Starring: Kristin Stewart, Corbin Bleu, Max Theiriot
Directed by: Bart Freundlich

By Geogia Tanner
Gazette Writer

If you want to watch a quality kids movie that makes you wish you were back in Grade 3, go rent Home Alone, because all Catch That Kid has on Kevin are high-tech gadgets and go-carts.

Maddy (Stewart), Austin (Bleu) and Gus (Theiriot) are three friends who set out to rob a bank to pay for Maddy’s father’s medical bill. The kids are cute, but fairly one-dimensional; their scripts are peppered with tired kid-movie quips. They also lack the charisma of characters like Kevin or E.T.’s Elliot.

The movie isn’t completely centred on action; that is, the director still attempts to squeeze some kind of moral sentiment in… sort of. Maddy is a young version of Robin Hood, stealing from the big bad bank to give to her sick dad while achieving the near impossible with her friends.

However, her rebellion isn’t as innocent as Elliot’s fight for his extra-terrestrial friend or Kevin’s battle against the Wet Bandits. Instead, Maddy plays with the other two guys, making them believe she loves them both, while risking the life of her little brother at the same time. We expect kids to challenge authority in movies, but Maddy completely ignores it.

The film does make an attempt to address the issue of health care in the United States. It might be a children’s movie, but even Robin Hood had a message.

Essentially, if you’re looking to take your little cousin to a movie or relive your youth, then rent Finding Nemo or Harriet the Spy. At least their characters have some sort of personality and aren’t just budding felons.

 

 

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