is a hilarious romp/caper featuring the comedic skills of Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids
) and Jason Bateman (Up in the Air, Arrested Development
). Whoever had the casting idea to hire these two as the leads was on to something. While the script for Identity Thief
may be a bit weak and predictable, the chemistry of the film's two stars gives it more than its share of belly laughs. McCarthy stars as Diana, a credit-card scammer, and Bateman is Sandy, a straight-laced executive who becomes a victim of her fraud. Sandy takes it upon himself to track Diana down and bring her to justice. Identity Thief
echoes some of the best bits of Midnight Run
(and Bateman himself seems to be paying homage to that film's costar, Charles Grodin). Identity Thief
gets its personality and true moments of comedy from the interplay of the odd-couple stars. The supporting cast is strong, including Eric Stonestreet, Amanda Peet, T.I., and Jon Favreau, though they ultimately seem a little superfluous. Which is totally fine, because with the interaction of the two stars, and especially the fearless performance of Melissa McCarthy, Identity Thief
will stealthily steal your heart. --A.T. Hurley
’ Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids
’ Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of Identity Thief
, an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he’ll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.
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 U.S.
With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.
Directed by Horrible Bosses
’ Seth Gordon, Identity Thief
is produced by Scott Stuber (Ted
), Bateman and Pamela Abdy (upcoming 47 Ronin
). The comedy co-stars Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet.