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?
Summary: Is there a German word for "an actress, hilarious in small doses, whose overbearing comic stylings threaten an otherwise promising comedy when cast in a leading role"? If not, a suitably catchy term needs to be coined post haste, imported to the States, and made available to anyone following Melissa McCarthy's sudden meteoric rise toward A-list fame. In moderation, McCarthy is every bit the talented scene-stealer her fans insist.
Excerpt: Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman, Arrested Development ) is an ordinary accountant with an ordinary life. He's married, has two kids and has just landed a lucrative new job with a brand-new firm in Denver. Alas, his entire world begins crumbling when he discovers that his identity has been stolen. As a result, his credit is ruined, his job is in jeopardy and he's even being investigated by police.
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.
Conclusion: At this point, I'll presume that many other people have taken many of the best jokes surrounding other things that Identity Thief has stolen. But you know what else it steals? Hope that the jokes will ever show up consistently (I had room on both hands to count the lines or scenes I laughed at), and patience with McCarthy's acts of physical comedy. Technically the disc is fine though from a bonus perspective stinks.