Film Review: Identity Thief

| 4 April , 2013 | Reply

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Directed/Written by: Seth Gordon
Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho, Amanda Peet
Sassi’s Star Rating: 2.5 / 5

Melissa McCarthy is just everywhere right now and I am happy about it. She is hilarious in Bridesmaids and an absolute cracker in This is 40, so I was excited to see her headline her own movie with another of my favourite actors. Jason Bateman has been in my life since Valerie’s Family, that’s right, showing my age and he is still so comical and fun on the big screen.

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These two crack-ups appear as, well, the same person really. Sandy Patterson (Bateman) is just a regular guy in a regular job, trying to look after his wife (Peet) and two adorable girls. He has another on the way and funds are tight. Identity thief Sandy Patterson (McCarthy) is the exact opposite of the original. She is flashy, showy, has no scruples and spends every cent she has, which is actually not even hers in the first place. It’s a win-win situation for her and ultimately a lose-lose situation for the original Sandy. Confused yet?

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If you’re looking for a credible film with a storyline that is completely believable, then leave the cinema straight away. This is not for you. However, if you’re looking for something a bit wacky, out there and fun to watch, then grab the drink next to you, even if it isn’t yours, gulp away and enjoy. Got to get into the spirit right?

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The real Sandy’s job is on the line and needs to get the fake Sandy to admit her involvement in the fraudulent behaviour in order to confirm his innocence. What ensues is a range of events that are pretty unexpected and I reckon a few great ad-libbing scenes in there too. I was desperately waiting for an outtake reel as I think these guys would have had so much fun making this one. Watch for a Modern Family favourite, Eric Stonestreet appearing as Big Chuck. He made me laugh and was a great choice for the film.

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It’s got a bit of everything, including the moral to the story and some teary bits that are nicely played but, once again, buyer beware, it’s not going to be the best movie you see, but it certainly won’t be the worst! If you liked Bridesmaids, The Hangover and Guilt Trip, then this will be just your thing.

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