Catch That Kid
is a 2004 film
directed by Bart Freundlich
. It is a remake of the Danish blockbuster Klatretøsen
(2002). The movie's working titles were Mission Without Permission
(also the film's UK title) and Catch That Girl
They're on a mission without permission.
Madeline is a girl who loves to climb. One day while her dad is climbing a mountain, he falls 100 feet, becoming paralyzed from the waist down. An experimental operation, costing money, can save him, but their family doesn't have the money from the bank. Madeline and her two best friends, Austin and Gus, break into a high-tech bank vault, designed by Madeline's own mother, to get the money. The vault is suspended 100 feet above the ground, which is twice the height of the water tower she normally climbs, and Madeline must use her climbing skills to get to the safe. Her friends use their computer and mechanical skills to defeat the bank's high-tech security. In the end they get caught but when everyone hears of their plight they donate money and along with a consultant's fee the mother gets, it proves to be over enough.
A novelization of the story was released in conjunction with the film. The novel was written by American fantasy
and science fiction
author Suzanne Weyn