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Identity Thief [DVD] [2012]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2013
Sandy Patterson gets a call confirming his name and other information. The next thing he knows his credit cards are maxed out.

With his identity stolen, Sandy leaves his wife, kids and job to bring the thief to justice. But keeping tabs on the other Sandy, and run-ins with bounty hunters, is harder than he was expecting.

The returning trip is going to find both Sandys learning from one another....

It's another movie with a great premise. But, like all these risqué comedies, it fails to deliver on the great concept and other ideas.

It's basically a profane, vomit filled odd couple, and the tropes are delivered in spades. You know they are going to despise each other, one is laid back, the other is as straight as can be, but low and behold, they start to drain from each others personality.

The two leads are good though, Bateman in my opinion can do no wrong, and I could watch him reading the dictionary, but his character is the same as almost every other comedy he's done in this sub genre. See all his movies since 2007.

McCarthy is the selling point of the movie, the character with the heart, like a fraud version of Roberts in Pretty Woman, the studio wants us to relate to her, because, you know, she's had a hard life....

Some scenes are mildly amusing, but there are no laugh out loud moments, Lots of cringe worthy moments, like Favreau rifting on Swimming With Sharks, and Cho playing against type, but these are predictable in this sort of genre, and its getting tired.

If you want a predictable ride, with a sugar coated ending, this could be for you, but I wish the makers would be a little more sadistic and have more of an edge with these movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2014
The R rated American comedy has been big business for Hollywood ever since a ’40 Year Old Virgin’ came along. Several years have passed and for every decent R rated comedy, there have been at least 5 almost unwatchable abominations that are filled to the brim with unlikable characters (Danny McBride in almost anything). There is a difference between being an antihero and just being plain unlikable. ‘Identity Thief’ walks this tightrope as both the main characters are flawed. After Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) has his identity stolen by opportunist thief Diana (Melissa McCarthy), he sets out to clear his name.

The start of ‘Identity Thief’ is a hard watch. Sandy may be somewhat of a wet lettuce to begin with, but the concept of having his life ruined and his family threated with bankruptcy is not initially a funny concept. Even when we meet McCarthy as Diana, you feel a little worried – she is a pretty hideous woman. However, hold on for a little longer and the film comes into its own. The middle section develops into the classic unlikely duo that made films such as ‘Plane, Trains and Automobiles’ so great. Both Sandy and Diana are pretty annoying to begin with, but as you get to know them your opinion softens.

This is down to decent character development in the script and a couple of comedians doing a professional job. ‘Identity Thief’ may prove one of the most profitable films that either Bateman or McCarthy may ever be in, but I doubt they will be remembered for it. However, because they know their stuff they are able to make the most out of the comedic situations that do crop up. Some of the set pieces later on in the film are highly amusing, you just have to work your way through the slightly painful first third.

Like many comedies before and after it, ‘Identity Thief’ does not really need HD to enjoy it, the DVD version will suffice. The BluRay does have a few featurettes, but nothing really worth watching. I would also recommend watching the normal version of the film and not the extended cut as it is mostly padding that was cut out for a reason.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 15 July 2013
Identity Thief follows everyman Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Bateman), who one morning takes a call he thinks is from his credit card company offering him an ironically free identity theft cover. However the sweet voice on the other end of the phone is anything but, instead it's the crafty & remorseless Diana (McCarthy) , an identity thief after her next shopping spree. The consequences hit Sandy hard, as he decides he will go & bring in this thief himself to the police, who are helpless to aid him, to save his job. But Diana maybe hobbit sized, but she packs one helluva punch & it's going to be a rough ride as things escalate, fast.

Overall, Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) was great as the everyman guy drawn into mayhem, and equally so Melissa McCarthy (Mike & Molly) put her larger than life comedic touch into her colorful, out of control & eccentric character. But despite both they're best efforts playing to they're strengths, which built up to a promising story in the beginning along with some good laughs, it began to spiral downwards as new sub plots/characters are introduced. And the transition of the movie goes from comedic to dramatic, and back & fourth there after. The heartfelt, remorseful moments did hit home thanks to the acting range of the duo, but McCarthy's great ability to make her character remorseless, made it even harder to undo her ground work & believe this transformation. Quite a few of the gags built themselves up with great potential but didn't follow through in any memorable way to take advantage. The good support cast of Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge) , John Cho (Star Trek [Sulu]), Morris Chestnut (V) , Robert Patrick (Terminator 2), Amanda Peet (2012) & Jon Favreau (Iron Man) etc... are in some cases pretty much wasted as they either have little screen time or come off as unmemorable, stereotypical fodder for excuses to keep the road trip going.

In conclusion, Bateman & McCarthy squeeze all they can out if it & make it more watchable as a result. But it hit me like a surprise punch to the esophagus at how average it turned out to be. Worth a watch.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
While not quite the abomination that some critics have suggested it is, Identity Thief is a hard film to recommend to film fans looking for a comedy to cheer them up. Too long at just under two hours length, the makers appear to have dropped Melissa McCarthy in the middle of a film, built a load of questionable on going gags around her, and then thrown Jason Bateman in for the charm offensive. Then as the film runs out of steam at the mid-point, it gets caught in a vortex of contrivances and pseudo serious statements. It's a real hodge-podge of a script that does the actors no favours at all. A great premise is not fulfilled, sadly.

Identity Thief only escapes bottom of the ladder status because fans of the two leads will find a modicum of enjoyment in their respective efforts. 5/10
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on 18 July 2015
This is a comedy. .but to be honest there is nothing funny about having your identity stolen by some one. The character Diana played by Mellisa Mccarthy is so unlikeable and what she does and how she does it and her reasons for stealing someone's hard earned money are hard to watch.
she steals for non other reason than to splash out and get ppl to like her so she can feel good.... so basically a man studies and works and gets debts and has to work hard to support his family just so that some miserable trollop who feels insecure and unlovable can get the feel good factor from strangers... this is such a stupid movie. Like making a comedy about how poor Hitler was an unhappy child so guess what.. he will annihilate the lives of millions and some chump can take him home to be part of the family. ..the premise of this movie is moronic and that is what I actually object to.

On the plus side if this story had a different plot content it would have been better or at least better than average as there wee some funny moments but I couldn't laugh at them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2014
X rated language fall the way through. Spoils one of the world's funniest comediennes. Hum drum plot line. Not funny. I
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 14 March 2014
Somehow I had got the impression that this was a comedy. I think I laughed once (the snake/hitting with a flaming stick scene) but this was completely unpleasant, humourless, gross, lame and supremely uninvolving. AVOID.
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on 6 April 2014
This was a funny movie and not least because of the whole Jason Bateman Melissa McCarthy pairing. They work really well together - her character is just so loud and brash and his is really reserved and a bit 'anal', which makes for some really funny moments. Like most good comedies, it does have a few heart-wrenching moments in it too and there are occasions, throughout the film, when you really feel for Diana - but then there are moments when you just want to slap her for being so awful!!

Yes, the storyline is somewhat predictable and it is not what you'd call cinematic fireworks, but if what you're looking for is some easy laughs and some good all round goofy entertainment, then why not give it a go? It's worth a watch.
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on 4 January 2014
Jason Bateman plays the character Sandy who has had his identity stolen by Melissa McCarthy's character Diana, it costs him everything and the police don't seem in any rush to sort it so he sets out to claim back his life.
This film may not be the funniest film I've ever seen but it's better than most and it doesn't scrape the bottom of the barrel for laughs, it stays on a level which I think makes it a decent comedy unlike several I have seen in the last year which made me cringe they were so silly.
Both McCarthy and Bateman are very capable comedy actors and if you like either of them I would recommend checking this out, a road trip comedy with a different spin, it's staying on my shelf.
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VINE VOICEon 16 August 2013
I rented this because I like Jason Bateman but I had low expectations and hadn't read any reviews. It turned out much better than expected - clichéd of course, and all of the supporting characters are 2D. Melissa McCarthy just about manages to make you care for a fairly unlikeable charater by the end, and her charater could easily have been nothing more than irritating. Bateman is in Arrested Development mode for a lot of the movie, but for me that's a good thing. Quite a lot of nods to Midnight Run. Amusing with a plot engaging enough to make the ride fun. If you haven't seen Midnight Run [DVD]though watch that instead : ) 3.5 stars
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