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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.

Starring:
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, 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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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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By Bookie TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2016
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've seen a few Melissa MCarthy films but this one passed me by on first release. She plays her role as the hard faced con thief to perfection. She's hard, funny, raunchy, big hearted and mean all at once, but as the story develops we see a different side to her character and start to understand her conflicts. Jason Bateman is good guy whose moral compass is challenged as he attempts to clear his name of fraud charges and bring the real culprit to a form of justice.

It's a feel good film with laughs along the way and a couple of poignant moments where bad goes good and good goes bad. A bit of frippery, but it kept my attention and I enjoyed it.
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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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Format: DVD
Good cast and a decent idea but sadly this film is not sure what it wants to be - screwball comedy or serious crime drama. Melissa McCarthy is the serial con woman who steals the ID of Jason Bateman's character - it is apparently funny in the US for a man to be called 'Sandy'. In the UK it is a short form of Alexander....

I expect this to be a fairly light hearted romp ending with a romance between the central characters - his straight up over worked underpaid accountant and her OTT sassy thief. But from the off we learn Bateman is happily married, so that idea goes out the window quickly. So we have a 'road' movie as he tries to take her back to Denver to clear his name before he loses his new job. Quite why the police cannot sort this out is never fully explained.

So we have car crashes, grifting, a bounty hunter, 2 workers for a drug lord and our hapless hero all determined to hold on to McCarthy. The use of the F word is unfortunate. Bateman is famous for Arrested Development, a consistently funny show with no swearing. McCarthy is a joy as ever but much of the humour is crude where it could have been slapstick and more family friendly. A 12 A certificate would have meant this would attract a larger audience.

Enjoyable over a pile of ironing, but not a classic.
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Format: DVD
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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Format: DVD
The film starts out fairly decent as Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) has his identity stolen by a likeable, playful Diana (Melissa McCarthy- Bridesmaid). We see Sandy's life come apart from the incident as it seems no one in Colorado understands identity theft. Sandy is forced to act on his own as he goes to Florida to ask Diana to please return to Colorado with him to explain to his wife and boss how he can not be in Florida and Colorado at the same time.

Now at this point the film becomes improbable as our duo transverse the county being pursued by the bad guys in a comedy that falls flat as the film takes on aspects of "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" minus the humor. Melissa McCarthy gives us a good performance for a tired script. Cheap rental only.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex. No nudity-thank you Melissa for drawing the line.
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