Film: Catch That Kid

Gus: This whole bank idea sucks.

Catch That Kid is a 2004 kids' movie, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It features 12-year-old Maddy (Kristen Stewart) and her two friends, Austin and Gus, robbing a high-security bank vault in order to obtain the money for a surgery her father needs. The twist? Maddy's mother designed the security systems.

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This film provides examples of:

  • Chekhov's Lecture: Maddy's mother tells her she thinks about her all the time. This makes Maddy realize her name is the final password.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Maddy's climbing abilities.
  • Chekhov's Hobby: The bank owner is a big fan of Robert De Niro. This not only provides the kids with a clue about what the master security password is, but also provides the owner with a particular Badass Boast to belt out at the finale.
  • Child Prodigy / Preteen Genius: Gus the hacker, and Austin the mechanic.
  • Dump Them All: Maddy rejects both love interests by the end of the movie.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Austin, rigging his go-karts with caltrops, turbo boosters, and more.
  • The Heist: The entire premise of the film.
  • Hero Antagonist: Anyone out to stop Maddy, Austin and Gus to pull off their heist.
  • The Password Is Always Swordfish: The security password used for her mother's security system is Madeline, Maddy's full first name. The bank owner uses "DeNiro" as his personal master password (oddly enough, the former application of the trope manages to subvert the kids' belief that the "DeNiro" password alone would grant them total access to the loot).
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: The owner of the bank. He fires the bank's manager for having a party to celebrate the security system before it was even tested, accepted that the entire heist was a plan by Maddy's mother to show it wasn't ready, personally donated $50,000 to help the father's surgery, and assured they could agree to a loan to cover the rest of the bill.
  • Teen Superspy: Three twelve year old preteens rob a high security bank.