Catch That Kid : Movie Review

Now here's something you don't see every day: A heist movie involving 12-year-old kids. "Catch That Kid" respects all of the requirements of the genre, and the heist itself is worthy of "Ocean's Eleven" (either one; take your pick). Kristen Stewart's plucky heroine will win the hearts of the same young audiences who liked "Bend It Like Beckham" and "Whale Rider."

This is not, to be sure, a movie as good as those two wonderful titles. But it's plenty good, and it has the same buried theme: Anything a guy can do, a girl can do, too. It stars Stewart as Maddy Phillips, an athletic young girl whose father Tom (Sam Robards) once climbed Mount Everest. He had a nasty fall on the way down, which is why he discourages Maddy from climbing, while her mother Molly (Jennifer Beals) forbids it. But as the movie opens, she's scaling the local water tower.

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Author : Roger Ebert