Review: Identitity Thief

Review 2013 by RD Clark


Identitity Thief

Written by:
Jerry Eeten and Craig Mazin

Directed by: Seth Gordon

Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet, Robert Patrick, Eric Stonestreet, Genesis Rodriguez, T.I., John Cho, Morris Chestnut, Jon Favreau

Rated R
Running time: 111 mins

A finance wizard living in Denver gets his credit card cut up and then almost gets arrested for failing to appear in a court in Florida. This starts to have a not-so-great effect on his new job, so he decides to take matters in his own hands. Flying to Florida, he confronts the identity thief, finds out he is not the only one looking for her and uses the time they spend together on the road to come to understand the limits of his anger.

This is a pretty standard road-buddy movie, elevated a bit by having Bateman and McCarthy in it. They play off each other extremely well and keep it from becoming a watch-watcher. Throw in a hilarious sex romp and a a couple of sets of rather ineffective, but funny, villains and I was steadily, if not uproariously amused.

I would recommend this as a decent matinee or Dollar-House movie. No post-credit scenes, so feel free to steal way as soon as they roll.

Flytrap rating: 7/10

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