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IdentifyThief Movie Review
“It’s not a women’s name, it’s unisex.” ~ Sandy Patterson
Scary how easy it is to steal someone’s identity. Diana (Melissa McCarthy) is a pro. at stealing identities. This time, however, she steals the identity of Sandy Bigalow Patterson, played by Jason Bateman. The funny thing is all she had to do to steal it was to call him and inform him that his identity had been stolen and by supplying his birthdate and social security number, she could sign him up for free credit monitoring.
Patterson works for a bunch of greedy partners, which mean no employee bonuses for another year. While preparing the bonus checks for the company partners, however, he receives a call from a salon in Florida confirming his appointment time. What? The problem is that he is in Denver. That’s when the fun begins. When the identity thief gets him arrested and threatens his newest job, he literally pulls his pennies together and heads to Winter Park, Florida to bring the thief to justice. Unfortunately for him, roping in Diana proves more of a challenge than he anticipated. Rode trip time!
My favorite scene is when they meet for the first time. Not realizing that he is actually the real Sandy Patterson, she slams on the brakes of her Fiat (that she bought in his name) in the middle of the highway causing him to slam his car into her. Thinking that it’s an easy fake accident scam, she is surprised when it turns out to be the real Sandy. Striking him with her signature, hand-to-throat karate chop, she gets away, or so she thinks.
Great movie moments – Bateman and McCarthy have excellent chemistry, which results in great comedic moments. In addition, the audience gets glimpses into a bit of character backstory so that we come to understand and develop an attachment to the characters. There are a number of actors who give great performances. Morris Chestnut (Boyz in the Hood), plays Detective Reilly. John Cho (Star Trek), Jon Favreau (Ironman) and Amanda Peet (2012) round out the cast.
A few short-comings – If you’re easily offended by certain language, Melissa does use her favorite vulgarity quite a bit during the movie. For a minute I thought it was going to be vulgar-free, but that wouldn’t be Melissa McCarthy would it?
Overall I give Identity Thief three out of five stars. It would have been more, but the language was a bit over the top.
Director: Seth Gordon
Release date: February 2013
Rating: R for sexual content and DEFINITELY language with a little bit of violence thrown in.
Runtime: 111 min | 121 min (unrated)
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