Film Review: Identity Thief

Identity Thief is a 2013 Crime-Comedy film, directed by Seth Gordon and which stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. The film centres around an expert identity thief (McCarthy) and the man whose identity she steals, Sandy Patterson (Bateman).

The story kicks off when Sandy gets a call saying that someone has attempted to steal his identity and is then offered an identity protection plan. He agrees to sign up for this but little does he know that his identity is actually about to be stolen.

Later on in the movie, Sandy is taken into custody by police officers because there have been warrants out for the arrest of “Sandy Patterson”. The real Sandy realises that his identity has been stolen and that the warrants are actually for the female thief who has stolen his identity. He then sets out to try and find her, in hopes of turning her in and clearing his name.

Hilarity ensues when Sandy is able to find the woman, who we learn is called Diana (McCarthy). He tries to take her back Denver but the duo encounter a whole host of obstacles along the way, including but not limited to: snakes, bounty hunters, assassins and much more. Finally, Sandy gets Diana back to Denver but then ending comes as a surprise, which I won’t spoil for you.

Considering the comedy powerhouses that the two main stars are, Identity Thief is supremely disappointing in its comedic delivery. The performances by Bateman and McCarty are brilliant as usual but overall, the movie isn’t as funny as it could have been, especially looking back to works like Arrested Development and Bridesmaids where Bateman and McCarthy shone, respectively.

While mildly funny, this movie isn’t worth going to the cinema over. You’d rather just wait for the DVD.

2.5/5 stars


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