Identity Thief 2013

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Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy lead an all-star cast in this hilarious blockbuster hit about an accounts rep who has one week to clear his name after a con artist steals his identity.

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Jason Bateman,Melissa McCarthy
Runtime:
1 hour, 51 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Seth Gordon
Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy
Supporting actors Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip "T.I" Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, Eric Stonestreet, Jonathan Banks
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 17 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
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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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.
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 July 2013
Format: DVD
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.
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