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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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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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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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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2014
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. M. James on 30 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 By H.Jondorf on 14 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BS on parade on 20 Nov. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Not the car crash disaster its reputation suggests it is. Having said that, it was no misunderstood masterpiece. It's below average generic stuff with a weak script and a central premise that has problems.

The female lead is very unlikable. The actress is of limited appeal (she works better as a supporting actress, like she was in Bridesmaids) and her character is downright repugnant. They give her the standard redemptive arc but she doesn't deserve it. She was not redeemed and made good in my eyes by the end. Why Bateman and his family grow to like her makes no sense.

Also why is Amanda Peet in this film? As a successful actress surely there was another movie out there that offered her more than the basic supportive wife role. It's a comedy and she doesn't even get one funny line. It's a very underwritten sexist role. It just feels odd to me that an established actress with options would agree to play that part (for lots of money is the only realistic explanation).

The subplots with the bounty hunter and the two hit persons feel very bolted on. They impact very little on the story and feel contrived. Frankly they have wandered in from another film with a different tone and approach to logic. Also the two car chase scenes (when she is kidnapped, and when they escape the police car) are action sequences that have been squeezed in from another movie as well. The script is not very consistent. Perhaps it was mucked about with by everyone over years in development hell. I suspect the credited writers hate the movie as their original drafts were probably very different and better. NOTE: I've just Googled their credits. Nothing in their pasts suggests high standards.

For a comedy it wasn't particularly funny. There are a few very mild laughs here and there. Not a high hit-rate.

It's a very weak movie of no merit, but it was watchable enough if you expect nothing from it.
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