Excerpt: Diana, the woman who made the phone call and stole his identity (Melissa McCarthy), is a consummate con artist who resides in Florida and has been having a grand old time masquerading as Sandy Patterson. She has a fake driver’s license and countless credit cards, which she made herself and has been bingeing on a nonstop spending spree.
Excerpt: A repulsively stupid set-up fuels the comedic shenanigans of this tepid Melissa McCarthy vehicle. Diane (McCarthy) steals the identity of one Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman), ludicrously putting Patterson’s job on the line and forcing a cross-country chase from Denver to Florida in order to track Diane down. The actual plan? To trap Diane and bring her into work so his boss can see he’s not lying. This was an actual, filmed script.
Conclusion: Wielding a formula as reliable as the road trip buddy comedy and actors as talented as Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, Identity Thief should be a lot more entertaining than it is. The film has some funny moments, but not enough to hang on to your interest and sympathy through its pitiful idea of a feel-good ending.
Excerpt: The Film Despite a film career that Wikipedia dates back to the 1998 short God , Melissa McCarthy didn't really make a big splash on the big screen until 2011's raunchy comedy Bridesmaids . Her role as Megan wasn't huge, but it was definitely memorable -- and not just because she pooped in a sink. That character was rude, crude and certainly pushed the envelope for lady behavoir on the big screen. Now, can you imagine if Megan had her own movie?
Conclusion: Identity Thief is a cup-o-tea comedy; not mine, maybe yours, but far from the tasty Horrible Bosses followup fans of McCarthy or Bateman have been craving. The film fares well on Blu-ray at least, with a solid video presentation and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, but a relative absence of extensive supplemental content suggests a lack of confidence more than a lack of insight. Did you find this review helpful?
Conclusion: A good cast makes an otherwise forgettable movie watchable…at least the first time through. However, chances are most will choose not to sit through this one more than once (unless you want to see both the rated and unrated versions), and the lack of any significant or noteworthy extras on this release forces me to file it in the rental-only category.
Movie Review: Identity Thief has an identity crisis
10 February 2013
Excerpt: Sandy Patterson is the wealthy nice guy in every comedy ever. Diana steals identities for a living, maxing out credit cards on everything from expensive appliances to spa treatments and exorbitant bar tabs. When Diana steals Sandy’s identity, she gets a little more than she bargained for. You can spot the story of different people learning from each other a mile away. What’s harder to spot is what kind of movie Identity Thief wants to be from one moment to the next.
Excerpt: Shitting in a sink is a tough act to follow. Melissa McCarthy may have logged hours on Gilmore Girls and Mike & Molly , but her star broached the stratosphere the moment she soiled a posh, cream-white dressing room in Paul Feig’s irreverent Bridesmaids . That scene-stealing performance earned McCarthy two chances this year to convince audiences she’s capable of carrying oneleg of a harmless buddy comedy (the next being Feig's The Heat ).