Classic Movie ReviewsMovie ReviewsClassic Review: Identity Thief (2013)

Keith NoakesNovember 27, 2016

Since I’ve started this site, I’ve written a lot of reviews. In case you missed some of my earlier ones, I would like to share an older review of “Identity Thief” which originally appeared here.

Diana (Melissa McCarthy) has a pretty lavish lifestyle. She can buy whatever she wants, whenever she wants and it’s all free, thanks to Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman), a man from Denver whose identity she has stolen. Now with just one week to track her down before his whole world is destroyed, Sandy must head down south to confront her and bring her back to Denver so he can clear his name and restore his life.

Based on who is in this film (Bateman and McCarthy), I thought this movie was going to be a lot funnier than it actually was. The jokes in this one were rather hit or miss with mostly misses. Most of the comedy here is McCarthy being a big, obnoxious, clumsy woman like in most of her films and Bateman is a normal guy in a weird situation or a fish-out-of-water type like in a lot of his films. So you’ve seen this before from each of them. What didn’t fit for me was how they tried to humanize McCarthy’s character, it just doesn’t feel earned. I wish set-up which could have been a little longer because I enjoyed the few scenes near the beginning where Diana starts to take advantage of the identity she stole. After that, it’s just an average, predictable road trip film.

Score: 6/10

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