YMMV / Catch Me If You Can

  • Award Snub: While the movie was a box office hit and a critical favorite, it didn't rack up a lot of nominations. Partly because it was viewed as a low-key work for Spielberg who by that time was making one epic movie after another. His other 2002 film, Minority Report, was similarly snubbed despite universal acclaim and box office success.
    • Most notably, fans of DiCaprio will point to this as one of his more joyous performances, and will say that this would have made for a great nomination.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The one scene where Brenda's family watches Sing Along with Mitch qualifies as this. Bonus points for the song that was used in the segment that was shown being an Ear Worm: "Has anybody here seen Kelly? K-E double L-Y..."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: We're used to John Williams creating bombastic, thrilling orchestral music. Here, he goes with a jazzy, Henry Mancini inspired score and makes it work.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: The Real Life Frank Abagnale Jr. felt that the movie did this to him, giving the "character" a more sympathetic backstory. Abagnale went on record saying he pulled the cons he did, not to impress his father, but because he could.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Christopher Walken pretty much steals the whole film with his performance as Frank's dad. A well-earned Oscar nomination.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Abagnale were able to con banks and the government for millions, con his way into lucrative jobs and evaded the FBI several times, often under their noses. All before he turned nineteen.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Frank's father breaking down in tears while remembering seeing Frank's mother onstage in a little town in France when he was a soldier during WWII and marrying her weeks later.
    • Also, Frank finding out his father died and that his mother has re-married and started a new family.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: When Frank first starts his cons, he's shown pressing a check in a hotel Bible; also all of the scenes set at Christmas time.
  • The Woobie: Poor Brenda. The very first moment Frank sees her...she's crying over a mistake she just got called out on.