• R, 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Seth Gordon
    In Theaters:
    Feb 8, 2013 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 4, 2013
  • Universal Pictures


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Identity Thief Reviews

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Super Reviewer

December 18, 2012
Although I really enjoy MM and JB and think they are some of the funnier people in movies today, I just couldn't bring myself to love this movie or even like it that much. Most of the funny scenes have been showed in the TV previews so their wasn't anything left to find humorous. Disappointing really. It's really one of those films that will be a hit or miss for people. Unfortunately it was a miss for me.
Al S

Super Reviewer

December 30, 2013
A genuine surprise, it's a smart, fun and unexpectedly great comedy. An outrageously enjoyable buddy-comedy that is in the old tradition of films like Midnight Run and Due Date. A really funny and very entertaining movie. The cast is absolutely terrific. Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy are surprising comic gold, they have wonderful chemistry, surprising affection and great character development that makes this film work more.
Anthony L

Super Reviewer

September 25, 2013
e basic idea of going after your own Identity thief is a good one, full of potential. Unfortunately that potential is far from explored. This really is just a lame impersonation of Due Date which was in turn a lame impersonation of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. As ever though, Jason Bateman plays the straight man in a comedy role rather well, I can fault only his career choices. Melissa McCarthy however is no John Candy. She's not even a Zach Galifianakis and he's pretty crap too. I don't dislike her because she is fat, I dislike her because she is woefully unfunny and tries to use her weight as a 'Get out of Jail comedy card'. Fat doesn't equal funny. Nor does rubbish improvisation. Honestly, improvisation is an art when done well and I haven't seen it done well in a very long time. I quite like the ending (although Jason Bateman's character gets off lightly eh?) but the inconsistency of the characters is down to lazy writing. Was Horrible Bosses a bit of luck?

Super Reviewer

December 7, 2012
An accounts rep living in Denver named Sandy Bigelow Patterson goes on a cross-country trip to reclaim his life after his identity is stolen by a wily con artist lady in Florida named Diana who happens to be wanted by both a skip tracer (bounty hunter) and two hired thugs working for a drug dealer she scammed in this supposed comedy by the guy who made Horrible Bosses.

Right off the bat, this film is basically a cross between Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and (I presume) Midnight Run. For really dumb reasons, Sandy has to bring Diana back to Denver himself, and within 5 days, as the cops apparently aren't able to.

I love road trip movies, but this is just awful. It's not funny, overlong, has a plot that really doesn't work, and tries to have a sappy, heartfelt ending that also fails to work.

I think the only thing I really was amused by was the fact that McCarthy's character has a habit of punching people in the throat. Unfortunately she does this multiple times, so it starts to lose it's humor after a while.

I really love this cast. I mean there's Jason Bateman as Sandy, Melissa McCarthy as Diana, Amanda Peet, John Cho, Jon Fsvreau, and Robert Patrick among others in various roles, but unfortunately none of them are able to save this. I really wish we got more of Patrick as the skip tracer. He was awesome, and, along with the throat punching, the only reason I forced myself to sit through the while thing.

This is an unfunny film that is quite obnoxious at times. The character of Diana is rather schizophrenic at times with how she constantly shifts between trying to grow and change as a person, and being a shocking loathsome and irresponsible consumer who doesn't care about the damage she's causing. Which makes me really not care about the ending, as it feels too forced and quite false.

All in all, this really is a piece of crap. I was hoping it might have been better than people said, but no, it really does suck. AVOID.
Thomas J

Super Reviewer

January 20, 2013
Not since the movie "Date Night" has a story lost such potential! Bateman and McCarthy should have been an easy and GREAT pairing, but the slapstick and weak story wasted their talents!

Super Reviewer

August 9, 2013
In one of those movies where the funniest moments are in the trailers, "Identity Thief" is director Seth Gordon's hit and miss follow up to the hilarious "Horrible Bosses", and is also nothing more than a less consistently funny version of "Due Date".

The Plot: This movie lays out the improbable (even for a comedy) set-up of a man in Colorado named Sandy Patterson (funny name to give a man, huh? Well, I guess it's funny the first few times this joke is told) played by the very much underrated Jason Bateman, who gets his identity stolen by a woman in Florida, played by Melissa McCarthy. After the police outright refuse to help him, Sandy sets out on a quest of sorts to Florida in order to bring McCarthy's character back to Colorado himself (basically doing the police's job for them) so that she may stand trial for her crimes. Hilarious! Now, when Bateman and McCarthy find themselves in a road trip situation (about 30 minutes in) it is only then that Gordon seems to let these two very funny comedic actors run wild and "Identity Thief" begins to see comedic moments that actually work. In saying that, as I stated before, aside from all of the funny scenes that the trailers had to offer, and one laugh out loud sex scene (that of which occurs in the unevenly entertaining middle portion of this film) "Identity Thief" is bookended and sporadically injected with more unfunny and contrived moments, which consistently work to drag this movie back down into the still waters of mediocrity time and time again. Furthermore, while the beginning is slow and shockingly sigh inducing, the ending's ineffectiveness clearly notifies audiences about how flawed Gordon's visual storytelling abilities are in this instance. OK, so to avoid ruining this very predictable ending, I'll simply put it like this: There was not one moment throughout this film where I did NOT want to see McCarthy's character end up in prison. Call me heartless if you must.

The Acting: OK, while Gordon does attempt to mask how weak this plot is by allowing Bateman to make some funny faces and come through with some snide monotone zingers, as well as allow McCarthy to pursue an Olympic trial's worth of physical comedy, in all actuality the rest of this supporting cast is absolutely worthless. In fact, let's (for a second) run down the list of notable actors who are wasted in this movie: Jon Favreau is only in one scene; wasted, Robert Patrick plays a forgettable bounty hunter; wasted, John Cho is given half of a funny line to say in a 90 minute movie; wasted, T.I. gives one of the more worthless cameos in recent years; wasted, Amanda Peet is such a non-character here that I almost forgot that she was in this movie; hence, she's wasted, Genesis Rodriquez has nice eyebrows, but all in all she's wasted, and Eric Stonestreet...well, he's actually pretty funny in his one scene with McCarthy.

Final Thought: While "Identity Thief" does contain pockets of funny, not even Bateman or McCarthy flailing about can help this film fully recover from its own flimsy premise, implausible actions and a failed ploy by the director to display any sort of sympathy for Melissa McCarthy's character. So, at the end of the day, it is not the two leads that let this movie down, it is the material itself, which unfortunately causes "Identity Thief" to be a rental recommendation at best. 2 1/2 Stars 7-25-13
The Gandiman
The Gandiman

Super Reviewer

August 8, 2013
As formulaic as they come, "Identity Thief" is one of the most predictable movies you will probably see. If you asked yourself "What if Melissa McCarthy stole Jason Bateman's identity?", you'd probably come up with this storyline and then Hollywood producers would ask you to put in the standard road trip cliches (car being destroyed, having to walk, bonding moment), villainous villains and a tie up loose ends ending - and "Identity Thief" would automatically come out. There's no originality whatsoever.

But Melissa McCarthy sure is hilarious and she squeezes laughs out of every possible line even if there's not much to squeeze, and Jason Bateman has a well-deserved patent on the exasperated straight man role - they both salvage "Identity Thief" from being a disaster. For all we know the movie could have been the two of them meeting on a park bench and bantering in their unique styles and we would have gotten just as many laughs.

Unoriginal, predictable and messy, "Identity Thief" stole 2 hours from my life.

Super Reviewer

July 30, 2013
I don't think there's anything else to say apart from the only thieving that occurred, was the thieving of my 1hr 50mins of life wasted watching this unfunny rubbish!
Drake T

Super Reviewer

July 2, 2013
I was fortunate enough to see this film for free on an airplane. It's just sad to see Baleman in another poorly written comedy but I suppose his chemistry and gimmicks with McCarthy deliver enough laughs to trek through this swamp of cliche sentimentality.

It's funny and harmless enough but there's just something wrong with a movie this lazy making it to the big screen through the whole production process.
Luke B

Super Reviewer

June 22, 2013
A foul and vulgar waste of space that blurs the lines of acceptability in terms of taste and coherent storytelling. Jason Bateman plays a man whose identity is stolen, putting into jeopardy his new job. Because the police in this universe are absolute fucktards, Bateman must travel to kidnap the woman who has stolen his identity (he has a girl's name you see, and that's hilarious right?), and bring her back into the state in which he lives. And nothing makes any sense whatsoever. The plot itself reeks of contrivance, and we're also left with two shitty characters. Bateman is a weak sap, but doesn't have anyone to play off such as in Horrible Bosses, and McCarthy's criminal is disgusting. I'm not sure, but I think we were supposed to empathise with this character in some way. God knows how the writer thought that was going to work. She ruins lives! Why should I feel sad when gorgeous women look at her like she's shit when she walks into a beauty parlor? She is shit. Sure they're basing things on her looks, but this woman is ugly on the inside and out. We also have a number of subplots that bring this crap to a painful 2 hours. Both a bounty hunter and some gangsters are after McCarthy, but neither plot seems to go anywhere. Every now and again it just cuts to them to fill some time. A hateful film that has no understanding of human emotions.
Nicki M

Super Reviewer

May 5, 2013
Yeah, it was pretty stupid, but it was amusing in places.
Christian C

Super Reviewer

May 18, 2013
Not funny...or clever...or interesting.

Super Reviewer

February 8, 2013
three stars

Super Reviewer

April 15, 2013
Is this the face of a thief?

Nice comedic movie! The premise is a recycled one, but is done in a fresh way. While watching, you don't get the "I've seen this before" feeling while watching it. There are plenty of laughs delivered by the hilarious two leading characters. The supporting characters actually are the only disappointments. They seem quite dry with their dialog being rushed and less integral to the humor of the movie. They are more side notes to keep the story rolling, but they do not slow the movie down. The movie is a good time out and not a waste of money if you paid for tickets. It doesn't break the mold, but it does stand up as a movie you will enjoy.

Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) gets a nice call confirming his name and other identifying information. The next thing he knows, a spa in Florida is reminding him of his appointment, and his credit cards are maxed out. With his identity stolen, Sandy leaves his wife, kids and job to literally bring the thief to justice in Colorado. But keeping tabs on the other Sandy (Melissa McCarthy) and run-ins with bounty hunters, is harder than he was expecting, and ultimately the cross-country trip is going to find both Sandys learning life tips from one another.

Super Reviewer

April 14, 2013
A great concept that suffers from relying too much on running gags and having some unfortunate sub-plots that don't quite add up at the end.
Kase V

Super Reviewer

April 9, 2013
McCarthy shows some solid range in her role, but this comedy ultimately fails in it's ability to deliver memorable jokes and a fully engaging plot once the credits roll.
Phil H

Super Reviewer

March 29, 2013
From the director of 'Horrible Bosses' but alas this isn't anywhere near as good. Simple premise, a woman steals a family mans identity and maxes out his credit cards causing him all manner of issues which involve the law.

This is one of those films that just didn't sit well with me, the whole idea made me feel uncomfortable right from the start. This bloke has a nice happy family life which is brought to ruins by some fat binge drinking female who you just wanna smack in the face. Now I realise the director probably wants you to hate this thief character but it doesn't work, at no point in the film did I like her or feel for her, even when you're clearly suppose to with the sappy friendship that builds during the film and the obvious fluffy ending.

The whole time I'm watching all I could think of was what I'd do in that situation, if this happened to me, I sure as hell wouldn't team up with the woman and do what Bateman's character does, screw that!. The film is kinda annoying and just gave me constant nasty thoughts for McCarthy's thief character and how I'd kill her if it was me. On top of that she isn't in the least bit funny, neither is Bateman, the whole road trip pairing is really laboured and doesn't gel and nothing much happens throughout the film which is funny either.

The whole film is just about screwing people over with the added obligatory car chase and obligatory nasty criminals trying to kill the main duo, there isn't even much point in that sub plot. What's so stupid about this is the fact that at the start of the film Bateman's character discovers what's happened to him and eventually gets backed up by the police, yet his boss still says he gonna fire him for shit that's been proved wasn't him!! huh?.

Even the police detective doesn't fully believe he's innocent for gods sake! despite the fact its pretty clear identity fraud has been committed. That's like your bank calling you saying you've had suspicious activity on your account, you confirm the activity wasn't you but the bank doesn't believe you!. So no one at the start of the film basically believes Bateman's character is innocent, clearly he's done everything and no one believes in fraud. So to clear himself he goes off on this ridiculous road trip to find the culprit and bring her to justice! yeah like you'd do that, makes no sense whatsoever.

Literately nothing to recommend here, nothing funny about any of it, over worked, overly stretched, forced, awkward to watch with no redeeming qualities. Its like a wannabe 'Planes Trains and Automobiles' type vehicle but fails badly on every front. End of the day what is funny about something like identity fraud?!.
Apeneck F

Super Reviewer

March 22, 2013
Although the leads are likeable from the get go this film wastes that potential, awkwardly rehashing every odd-couple-on-the-road cliche you could think of. A rainy day leftover at best.
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