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Identity Thief 2013

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
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1 hour, 51 minutes

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Genres Comedy
Director Seth Gordon
Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy
Supporting actors Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, T.I., Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, Eric Stonestreet, Jonathan Banks, Ryan Gaul, Steve Mallory, Tyler Nilson, Steve Little, Andrew Friedman, Antwan Mills, Ian Quinn, Diva Tyler, Mary-Charles Jones
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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This film was better than expected - I purchased it to watch with my children expecting a few laughs. It was visually entertaining, with some car action, uncomfortable-to-watch light fight scenes. The story twisted into more than expected on face value. It also provided an insight into human nature and dare I say human generosity of spirit and kindness. Showing how events transpired to inspire trust and compassion beyond initial anger and frustration - although not initially inspired by pure human kindness, that's what ended up happening. My children have just received bank cards for their first accounts so this film was also a good lesson into the need to look after their cards and know what identity theft is and its effects. Whilst a light hearted film, I wonder how many criminals would turn good if they experienced similar generosity of spirit? Entertaining, some good moral lessons and a positive ending I think. And for just 1.01 used + postage, how cheap does an evening's entertainment get? Blu-ray too!
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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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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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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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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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