Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) stars in this comedy caper as a good-natured Joe forced to hunt down the woman (Oscar-nominated Bridesmaids actress Melissa McCarthy) who stole his identity - before her shopping spree completely empties his bank accounts. From the director of Horrible Bosses.... More
Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There's only one glitch: the ID she's using to finance these sprees reads "Sandy Bigelow Patterson" and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the country. With only one week to hunt down the con-artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life.Hide
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BY Adam Fresco Flicks Writer
Director Seth Gordon’s follow-up to Horrible Bosses takes another slight sit-com plot and pumps it to full-length proportions. Sandy (Jason Bateman) travels from Denver to Florida to confront Diana (Melissa McCarthy), who’s stolen his identity and is living it large courtesy of his cash. Thanks to inept police, the stars end up an odd couple on a road trip akin to Planes, Trains and Automobiles – with Bateman in the put-upon straight-man Steve Martin role, and McCarthy a sociopathic version of John Candy. But without a decent script on which to hang their shtick, the pair is too often left floundering.... More
There’s a desperation to be funny – multiple misunderstandings about Sandy being a unisex name, repeated gags at the expense of the overweight and unbalanced, and several car chases as the stars are pursued by Robert Patrick’s redneck bounty hunter, and stereotyped Latino and African-American assassins. Nonetheless there are genuinely funny moments, with Eric Stonestreet (Cameron from TVs Modern Family) stealing big laughs in a scene straight out of a bedroom farce.
Juvenile humour can be fun, as McCarthy proved in Bridesmaids, but at times Identity Thief seems a pale photocopy of Due Date – minus Downey’s charisma and Galifianakis’ goofy charm. When the third act demands we sympathise with McCarthy’s crooked character it’s a jarring leap into sentimentality that draws attention to plotting so poor that by comparison Twilight was positively Shakespearian.
That said, there are large dollops of ribald fun served up on this slapstick road trip - if you can forgive the stereotypical characterisation and ‘been there, done that’ plotting.Hide
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BY Rhys-Rushton superstar
Apart from the occasional giggle. Identity Thief poses an improbable series of events and attempts to juggle them into a story-line of believable circumstances.
If you have to see it, it won't disappoint if you don't have high hopes to start with.
I thought the acting saved the film from being a total flop but still doesn't save it from my 2/5.
BY Moose lister
I was looking for a few good laughs...and given the cast and the plot scenario I expected to snort coke up my nose (cola I mean) or choke on my popcorn with laughter at least once or twice...but that never eventuated.
Loved Melissa McCarthy in Bridesmaids...but sadly she didn't hit the mark in this one. I think I managed to raise a smile at one point, but all in all the comedy was a bit... More one dimensional and even the physical comedy wasn't great.
Plot was unbelievable, but would have forgiven that if the acting and interplay between the main characters was funnier. Unfortunately it wasn't.
2 stars, I suggest you give it a miss.Hide
BY jaynine superstar
I expected slapstick comedy and funny dialogues; the trailer /screamed/ COMEDY, but it didn't have enough. It had such a big potential to be funny and the actors had history of comedy films, but this one had more of a drama-bomb than I thought. I was perched at the edge of my seat desperately hoping something hilarious would happen. This... More movie could have gone much better.Hide