ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
This Kid kinda sucks
Catch That Kid
Starring: Kristin Stewart, Corbin Bleu, Max Theiriot
Directed by: Bart Freundlich
By Geogia Tanner
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
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.