Identity Thief (2013)


“Friends don’t steal friends’ identities, do they? ” – Sandy Patterson

Number of Times Seen – Twice (3 Mar 2013 and 26 Jan 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A businessman finds out that his identity has been stolen by a woman across the country and has just a few days to get her to admit her actions before losing his job

My Take on it – This is actually one of the very last films that I watched before starting my blog, so it was nice to revisit it and actually review it.

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy are perfectly cast opposite one another in this film and help make this such a fun road trip movie that is able to surprise along the way due to the hilarious ways that things play out here.

They are able to use both verbal and physical comedy in order to make things even more entertaining to watch unfold.

The characters are developed really well here and they each have really fun arcs along the way that helps keep things engaging.

The story does have some very unrealistic aspects to it, but they still find ways to keep it fun which makes it enjoyable and entertaining to watch.

The fact that these two characters are complete opposites adds to the fun and allows for their chemistry with one another to be even more enjoyable to watch.

Love the way that each of the characters actually learns something from one another over the course of their journey an they find ways to keep things hilarious to watch as things progress.

Bottom Line – Really fun road trip film that works due to the performances of both Bateman and McCarthy.  The film uses both verbal and physical humor to keep things so enjoyable to watch unfold. The situations that these characters get into are done in a very unique fashion which helps keep things quite entertaining despite the somewhat unrealistic nature of certain aspects of the story. The film does a great job developing each of these characters throughout the film and the fact that they are complete opposites helps enhance both the story and the chemistry between these characters throughout. Both characters end up learning a lot form one another during the course of their journey and they mange to keep it hilarious to watch as things progress.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Originally, Melissa McCarthy’s role was written for a male. Jason Bateman insisted that the part be changed after he saw McCarthy in Bridesmaids (2011). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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