If you're a movie fan, you know the three talented people involved in Identity Thief. Seth Gordon, the director of Horrible Bosses is in charge of this road trip comedy. Melissa McCarthy made us all fall over laughing in the 2011 blockbuster, Bridesmaids. And we all know how great of a comedic actor Jason Bateman is. Let's get right into it.
What I like about the film?
Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family"). He plays a hilarious character named Big Chuck. I don't want to give anything away, but there is a love scene that will have you rolling in pain from laughter. I love his part in the film.
What I didn't like about the film?
The plot is just. Plain. Dumb. In case the trailer, or the movie title didn't give it away; McCarthy steals Bateman's identity, basically ruining his life. So Bateman takes matters into his own hands, and goes to capture McCarthy. Let's stop right there for a minute. The police are so hopeless, the victim has to cross state lines to get his identity thief? His best friend, and now boss, believes he has to fire him because someone stole his identity? Seriously? There's more...
Robert Patrick. But now HE'S being chased by Genesis Rodriguez and T.I., the people who hired him. Rodriguez and T.I. play drug dealers who have no godly business being in this movie. And should we back up a moment; why would a very successful identity thief with a big heart (McCarthy), sell credit cards to the drug cartel to begin with!? It's just so dumb, I couldn't take it half way through the film. I blame it all on writer Craig Mazin. Then again, what did we expect from a guy that wrote a couple of the Scary Movie films, as well as The Hangover II?
There are way better road trip comedies
in my review, I noted that McCarthy was the star of the show; and was being compared to Zach Galifianakis of The Hangover. How ironic! Galifianakis starred as an eccentric character, opposite an uptight stiff played by Robert Downey Jr., in the road trip comedy, Due Date. Well what do you know? McCarthy plays an eccentric character, opposite an uptight stiff played by Jason Bateman, in the road trip comedy, Identity Thief. No wonder it was never sold as a road trip comedy; people would have noticed just how similar it is to Due Date.