Identity Thief is a comedy by Seth Gordon formerly titled ID Theft premiered in theaters last February 8th 2013. The movie stars Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and John Cho. Early news seems to indicate that Identity Thief was something to look forward to since it stars Melissa McCarthy who is known for Gilmore Girls, Mike and Molly and Bridesmaid. True to her word, the movie may have not made it to the taste of critics but Melissa McCarthy sure gave her all. Check out the movie review for Identity Thief below:
“Melissa McCarthy Steals It All In Identity Thief
(CNN) — Melissa McCarthy didn’t quite come out of nowhere.
The actress did seven years of “Gilmore Girls,” headlined “Mike & Molly” for CBS and played three roles in screenwriter John August’s ingenious first feature as director, “The Nines.” But her supporting turn in “Bridesmaids” was a revelation, a powerhouse comic performance that pushed that movie to another level of hilarity. In recent years, perhaps only Zach Galifianakis in “The Hangover” has had a comparable impact. McCarthy was lewd and fearless, a woman unashamed of her size and her sexual appetite.
How to follow that? There’s no question she represents a challenge for Hollywood, not only because the industry still struggles to believe women can carry movies, but also because screen glamour is synonymous with thin.
Her first star vehicle, “Identity Thief,” is not likely to be remembered as anyone’s triumph (it’s scoring in the 20-something percentile on the critics’ aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes), but at least it does enough to show that McCarthy has what it takes. If she forges a movie career, she could really shake things up.
She’s not quite flying solo, of course. Jason Bateman has top billing as Sandy Patterson, a financial officer in a big Denver firm. When reports start coming in that he’s maxed out his credit card in Florida, Sandy is naturally upset. Turns out McCarthy has stolen his identity and is running up big bills on all his accounts. Oh, and she’s missed her court date, which means there’s an arrest warrant out in his name.
Mustering enough cash to fly down there, Sandy decides to apprehend the imposter himself and escort her back to Colorado so that they can straighten out the mess before he loses his job and his home. She may be a scam artist, but Sandy reckons she looks harmless enough.
And that would be his fatal error: If there is one thing McCarthy means to prove, it’s surely that one look is not enough, because there is so much more to her than meets the eye. In one of the movie’s better running gags, she proves it again and again when she delivers a vicious sucker punch to the throat of anyone foolish enough to threaten her well-being.
McCarthy, as Diana (which may or may not be her real name), is not about to give up without a fight. But she’s also slippery in more subtle ways, an operator who knows how to manipulate people with the way she looks and how she talks. In some cases that involves playing on their pity — and on ours, too, as the filmmakers imply that her weight is a symptom of her unhappy life. But McCarthy has the personality to subvert this, because her Diana may be lonely, but she is still more vital, more spontaneous and more fun than Sandy is ever likely to be.”
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