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Identity Thief (Unrated)
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06.05.2013 By: J.A. Hamilton
Identity Thief (Unrated) order
Director:
Seth Gordon

Actors:
Jason Bateman
Melissa McCarthy
Robert Patrick

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A mild mannered accountant must undertake a very different vacation to Florida as he pursues an outrageous woman who's stolen his identity and as a result, has had him served up to the police. Bringing her back is the only to clear his name, but he soon realizes this is easier said than done.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I love a good comedy, so upon viewing the trailer for IDENTITY THIEF, I thought I'd found something to look forward to--THIS IS 40, however, was a nice surprise in the laugh the department. Although this wasn't exactly terrible, it feels like a complete rehash of DUE DATE in tone and style, swapping out McCarthy for Galifianakis as well as a couple plot ideas. In the end, it's pretty much the same movie.

I think Jason Bateman is awesome, I truly do. His persona and comedic tone are "take it or leave it" as most comedians are these days, but he always manages to get you on his side by being a likable character. Melissa McCarthy is an altogether different story. I didn't care for BRIDESMAIDS and feel it was undeserving of all the hype it mustered. I didn't find McCarthy's character likable or entertaining there, but she was hilarious in THIS IS 40. That said, the trailer for THE HEAT came out shortly after IDENTITY THIEF and clearly showed me that McCarthy's crass over-the-top act no doubt has an expiry date. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy this type of humor, but after awhile is does get old.

All this aside, the story is rather useless. From taking a serious crime that's sweeping the nation and poking fun at it, to giving us little to no hope in the law. I mean seriously, is this really police protocol? You have a picture of a known felon stealing a man's identity and you just do nothing? Where's Dog the bounty hunter when you need him? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for him going after her, but I'd have simplified the situation to handcuffs and a taser. The plan would go as follows: Find her, get close, taser her in the face, cuff her, throw her in the drunk, open a Red Bull and start the journey home. There's no entertainment value there movie-wise, but it's a solid plan. As for the thugs she's angered along the way? Let her take a bullet or two, she seems resilient enough and the cops didn't say they needed her alive.

IDENTITY THIEF was disappointing, but I wasn't expecting much going in. This flick screamed "all the best parts were jammed into the trailer", so my expectations were low. I was hoping to be surprised, but that simply didn't happen. Both Bateman and McCarthy worked well off one another in a way, but after seeing the trailer so many times, watching him get punched in the throat and seeing her thrown around like a ragdoll didn't stretch as far as I hoped it would. Some people are comparing McCarthy's work to the late Chris Farley, which I agree with as much as I disagree with. I agree on the side of her antics matching his, and because of this, as I mentioned before, her routine will get old just as Farley's did (TOMMY BOY was the performance he never could duplicate). However, I disagree because no matter the role, or how utterly stupid it may have come across, Farley was a lovable teddy bear you just wanted to squeeze. I find McCarthy's characters entertaining (for the moment), but they're far from likeable and this could play a deciding role in her long-term appeal.
THE EXTRAS
Gag Reel: Forty-eight secondsÖare you kidding me? These things were made for comedy flicks and we donítí even get a minuteís worth. These things really are getting worse.

Alternate Takes: Lots of puking from McCarthy, rambling from Favs and redundant car scenes. Iíd love to know what happened to all the missing bits from the trailer.

The Making of Identity Thief: Bateman and McCarthy talk about similar sense of humor and timing, which I can agree with and dig, but the writing wasnítí really there so it wasnít nearly as funny or witty as it could have been. I expected more from both of them.

Scene Stealing: Capturing the Humor of Identity Thief: Well, they must have been doing their ďcapturingĒ in a catch and release pond because it ainít here. Amanda Peet says this is the best script sheís read in a long while. I guess thatís why we donít see her in movies anymore.

The Skiptracerís Van Tour: Robert Patrickís talent was wasted here, and his performance felt like a revamp of his character in STRIP TEASE. No Skip, we donítí need to see the inside of your padlocked rape van. Thanks though.

Previews: Thereís a pile of trailers (mostly old comedies) as well as a DVD, Digital and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
As comedies go, it's not terrible or unwatchable, but it's nothing you'll want to watch twice and that's a shame. Like I said, call me crazy, but I expected more. And the extra unrated content is definitely nothing to brag about.
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5:46PM on 06/05/2013
Thats the main problem with trailers for comedy films now, they show all the best parts in them. It should have been pointed out in the C'Mon Hollywood about movie trailers. I agree about Bridesmaids also, a very overrated movie & i found it very unfunny & forced at times.
Thats the main problem with trailers for comedy films now, they show all the best parts in them. It should have been pointed out in the C'Mon Hollywood about movie trailers. I agree about Bridesmaids also, a very overrated movie & i found it very unfunny & forced at times.
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4:02PM on 06/05/2013
Biggest comedy disappointment of the year thus far.
Biggest comedy disappointment of the year thus far.
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1:06PM on 06/05/2013
You nailed it perfectly. It's a rehash of Due Date and so many other comedies with poor writing, tired schtick and next to no laughs. Disappointing indeed.
You nailed it perfectly. It's a rehash of Due Date and so many other comedies with poor writing, tired schtick and next to no laughs. Disappointing indeed.
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11:50AM on 06/05/2013
this article is poorly written
this article is poorly written
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1:07PM on 06/05/2013
Looks fine to me.
Looks fine to me.
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8:56AM on 06/05/2013
Yeah, this movie was a huge letdown. The trailers made it look funny...until you realized all the funny parts were in the trailers along with parts that don't even make it into the movie, like when it looks like he's fired a rebuttle at the clerk calling him Randy (he says I bet that hurt, and the other guy says, hurtful, hurtful). Comedies really have become a hit or miss scenario these days, and this one definitely missed.
Yeah, this movie was a huge letdown. The trailers made it look funny...until you realized all the funny parts were in the trailers along with parts that don't even make it into the movie, like when it looks like he's fired a rebuttle at the clerk calling him Randy (he says I bet that hurt, and the other guy says, hurtful, hurtful). Comedies really have become a hit or miss scenario these days, and this one definitely missed.
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