Review: Identity Thief
- Starring: Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses), Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), John Cho (Harold & Kumar) and more.
- Directed by: Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses)
- Synopsis: “Horrible Bosses’ Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of Identity Thief, an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name. With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he’ll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score. Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Orlando, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”… and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.” (-official site)
- Rated: Rated R for language and sexual content.
Did you watch that trailer? If you did then you can save your money because you saw everything you needed to. I wish someone had stolen my identity and replaced me as I sat in the theater watching this dull comedy. I watched this comedy and realized at the end that I didn’t even laugh…not once. Sure, I smiled, but nothing about Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy’s brand of comedy appealed to me.
And that disappointed me. Look at some of the other cast members from this movie:
John Favreau, T.I., Amanda Peet, Morris Chestnut, Robert Patrick, Maggie Elizabeth Jones (the little girl from We Bought a Zoo and the only person that made me smile in the entire film.) and more recognizable faces all star in this movie alongside Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy…and it did no good to have them.
Beginning with a rather plausible opening showing just how easy it is for manipulating identity thieves to get information from unsuspecting would-be victims, Identity Thief shows you exactly what we expect to see from someone who makes their living off of the “generosity” of others. And Bateman foots the bill with his passive aggressive brand of roleplaying as the victim who, placed in a position to be unemployed as a result of his identity theft, decides to put the law into his own hands and bring his “doppleganger” to justice.
With many a moment that hopes to steal laughter from audiences, Identity Thief tries way too hard in its over the top comedy. It worked better in Horrible Bosses. As the plot continues it is infused with way too many additional storylines, victims out for blood, and the thief’s underlying search for her own identity that tends to try to force audiences to feel bad for her and ultimately leads to an almost impossible and upsetting ending (Fortunately, her character curtails what would have been the worst and most unbelieveable ending for this movie and saves it from utter destruction.)
I wanted to throw up my hands and ask the sold-out audience members around me just what made Melissa McCarthy and the rest of the movie so hilarious to them. As I sat there with arms crossed and sighing heavily a few times to interrupt my boredom, I shook my head at how easily entertained the masses were. It was nothing new. All of it was in the trailer (actually more was in the trailer as some scenes didn’t even make the final cut). Annoyed, I left, wishing I would’ve gone to go see Side Effects first. (at least I saved the best for last…my review will come for that soon).
Sorry, perhaps my funnybone is broken, but forced comedy isn’t funny and Melissa McCarthy failed to impress me again. It was a predictable comedy that gave me nothing to laugh about! (Despite how she may try, McCarthy is no female Chris Farley).
My advice: Add this identity thief to the list of all the other thieves of your theatrical money that you should avoid.
Score: 1 out of 5 stars for Identity Thief
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
-T, The Focused Filmographer
up next: Review for Side Effects