Identity Thief (2013)

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Critic Consensus: Identity Thief's few laughs are attributable to Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, who labor mightily to create a framework for the movie's undisciplined plotline.

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Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There's only one glitch: The ID she's using to finance these sprees reads "Sandy Bigelow Patterson"....and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
R (for sexual content and language)
Genre:
Comedy
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Cast

Jason Bateman
as Sandy Patterson
Jon Favreau
as Harold Cornish
Maggie Elizabeth Jones
as Jessie Patterson
Amanda Peet
as Trish Patterson
T.I.
as Julian
Morris Chestnut
as Detective Reilly
John Cho
as Daniel Casey
Robert Patrick
as Skiptracer
Eric Stonestreet
as Big Chuck
Ryan Gaul
as Bartender
Steve Mallory
as Party Guy
Tyler Nilson
as Party Guy
Steven E. Little
as Party Guy's Buddy
Andrew Friedman
as Tequila Guy
Antwan Mills
as Winter Park Cop
Ian Quinn
as Winter Park Cop
Diva Tyler
as Booking Officer
Mary-Charles Jones
as Franny Patterson
Sope Aluko
as Secretary at Prominence Denver
Nevaina
as Cosmetics Girl
Diolita Arnold
as Cosmetics Girl
Jamie Moore
as Electonics Store Employee
Brenda Cannon
as Jewelry Store Spokesperson
Badar Shahid
as Cellphone Kiosk Salesman
Carlos Navarro
as Luis the Gas Station Attendant
Nelson Bonilla
as Cop Giving Traffic Ticket
Angelyn Pass
as New Catalyst Receptionist
Lori Beth Edgeman
as Arlene in the Lady's Choice Salon
Ben Falcone
as Tony/Motel Desk Clerk
Kate Graham
as Counter Girl
Deacon Dawson
as Witness on the Highway
Geordie White
as Traffic Cop
Steve Witting
as Carl/Bus Station Attendant
Tim Andrews
as Used Car Salesman
Gary Weeks (II)
as Security Guard - Prominence Offices
Matthew Burke
as Ken Talbott
Craig Meyer
as St. Louis Terrace Clark
Lee Spencer
as St. Louis Terrace Manager
Carmela Zumbado
as Salon Salesperson
Zeeky Minnis
as Salon Salesperson
Topher Payne
as Hairdresser
John Eddins
as St. Louis Cop
Dale Bernhard
as St. Louis Cop
Nicole Dukes
as Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for Identity Thief

All Critics (165) | Top Critics (42)

You don't care enough about these people to want to see them come out on top.

Full Review… | January 3, 2014
Grantland
Top Critic

It saddles Bateman with a thankless uptight straight-man role while heaping serial slapstick ignominies on his co-star, who gamely bounds through everything the script throws at her.

Full Review… | March 19, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Identity Thief is funny enough, but it needed to be darker, raunchier, and crazier to live up to the promise of its casting.

Full Review… | February 10, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Even with all its shortcomings and sentimental fudges, there is something about McCarthy's refusal to lie down and play the victim that gives it a comic edge. A blunt edge, to be sure, but an edge all the same.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013
CNN.com
Top Critic

[A] sloppily made exercise of rip-offs and redemption.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Considering that it starts out with two distinctive and likable stars and a reasonably promising premise, "Identity Thief" reaches impressive heights of laziness and idiocy.

Full Review… | February 8, 2013
Salon.com
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Identity Thief

½

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.

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Super Reviewer

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.

Al S
Al S

Super Reviewer

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.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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