Identity Thief

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Picture Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Identity Theft is a pretty relevant threat these days, so why not shine some comedic light on the situation.  A man (Jason Bateman) named Sandy Bigalow Patterson has identity is stolen by a woman played (Melissa McCarthy).  The film opens with Bateman’s character receiving a phone call saying that his identity has been compromised and if he could just supply some information, the person on the phone would be able to take care of it for him.  Little does he know he is aiding the criminal instead of stopping them.  This leads to Bateman’s character being arrested for outstanding charges, only to find out that a woman has stolen his identity and has been racking up countless transactions and criminal charges under his name.  In order to clear his name, he sets out on his own to catch this woman and get her to confess.

I don’t mind Jason Bateman as an actor.  He hasn’t been in any amazing roles, but I have enjoyed him recently in some of the comedies he has starred in.  Melissa McCarthy is one of those naturally funny woman.  I hate to say it but I think it is more of a whole package deal.  If she didn’t look the way she did, and looked more like her cousin, I don’t think she would be as funny.  I think if you were to swap the two and put Jenny McCarthy in the film with all the same actions and lines, it just wouldn’t have had the same effect.

I loved a lot of the scenes in this movie.  They go on countless ridiculous side journey’s along the way.  Towards the end I feel like the movie dragged a bit.  There could have been certain scenes taken out of the movie to make it shorter and possibly would have improved my opinion.  Sometimes less is more in comedy too.

Aside from any negatives about this film it was a really fun watch.  This is great for a night in of laughs either alone, or with others.

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