Title – Identity Thief (2013)
Director – Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses)
Cast – Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet, Morris Chestnut, Jonathan Banks
Plot – Financially struggling accountant and family man Sandy Patterson (Bateman) has his identity stolen by annoying unforgivably unlikeable women Diana (McCarthy). As his credit cards become more and more over drawn and his very future threatened Sandy must track down Diana before it’s too late. Cue mismatched buddy road trip.
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Review by Eddie on 12/08/2013
You’d think the rule of thumb for a comedy would have to be to be funny wouldn’t you? I think the rule of thumb here with director Gordon and scriptwriter Craig Mazin was to make the most annoying and unfunny comedy this side of Movie 43. Identity Thief is a pure endurance test to sit through, a comedy in which it’s leads do all they can do to make you feel no sense of likeability or reliability what so ever.
First up we must talk about Jason Bateman – Jason please get yourself a new agent! Ever since storming back into popularity with his turn as Michael Bluth in Arrested Development Bateman has continued to play the same character over and over and over again all the while being in average forgettable films – remember the Change Up? Remember The Switch? Remember Couples Retreat? If you answered no to those films don’t feel bad your life is all the better for it. Batemans character of Sandy Patterson here is made all the more frustrating because he should be more passionate about his cause the way in which he treats the dire Diana is just face in palm of hand inducing as any normal human would not be so lovely. Now we must talk about the elephant in the room (no pun intended) that is McCarthy.
Bursting straight to popularity with her quite frankly hilarious scene stealing showing in Bridesmaids McCarthy like Bateman thinks it’s quite ok to repeat the same character traits over and over and over, watch anything from This is 40 to The Hangover Part 3 for proof of this. Identity Thief offers up McCarthy’s most annoying and unlikeable character to date – are we supposed to feel sorry for a character that ruins decent people’s lives? Are we supposed to laugh at Diana singing annoyingly along to songs on the radio? How on earth McCarthy or anyone involved in this movie thought her acting display here is funny is beyond belief.
If you want to laugh at a well written comedy do not watch Identity Thief. At years end if there were such a thing as the Top 10 Most Annoying Movies of 2013, Identity Thief would be sitting proudly at number 1, well ahead of all other contender’s.
P.S – Any movie that wastes Mike (Banks) from Breaking Bad like Identity Thief does is a bad one in my books.
Half a credit card out of 5