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Not terrible, but not average either,
This review is from: Identity Thief [Blu-ray + UV Copy]  (Blu-ray)
Not the car crash disaster its reputation suggest 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.