Critical Analysis Of The Movie Catch Me If You Can

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Introduction: Frank Abagnale caught the nation’s attention when he managed to steal a total of 2.5 million dollars just by writing bad checks. The most interesting part of the story is that he did this all between the ages of sixteen to twenty-one. This was a crime so serious that he was sentenced to over ten years in prison, even though he was a minor at the time of the crimes (Abagnale "Abagnale & Associates.”). This outrageous crime spree gave birth to the movie Catch Me If You Can. I first watched this movie my sophomore year of high school, and just like all of my classmates, I too was fascinated by the story the movie told. I watched the movie again my junior and senior year of high school, and now I think I know the story quite…show more content…
Functionalists believe that members of society all agree upon what is best for society, and work together to achieve the best society possible. Even though functionalists would usually ignore the negative events in society, Durkheim claims that crime is a big part of the theory, and it helps to teach society what is right and wrong (Durkheim 2). Frank’s crime spree served the purpose of showing what was wrong in society. Later in the movie, Frank was able to correct issues in society by helping to put other criminals behind bars. If Frank had never committed all of those crimes, he would have never been able to help out the FBI by putting so many criminals behind bars. Frank also had to pay back the money he stole, so in the end, society ultimately benefitted from his crimes. Many people had to work together to catch Frank, and Frank’s actions affected many parts of society. This also supports the theory that society is made up of small parts, and each part affects one…show more content…
The meaning people give to things is based on interactions they’ve had with others (Burbank and Martins 27). An example of this is seen in the movie when Frank learns what money and material goods mean to him by observing his father. Frank’s father would use jewelry and other goods to persuade people to give him things he wanted. Frank, in turn, learned how to con people by persuading them with material goods. He tricked a woman by offering her a necklace which served as a distraction. To Frank, material goods were a way around the world. They allowed him to commit crimes and remain uncaught, because he could trick everyone around
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