Rated: R for sexual content and language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: February 8, 2013 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
Identity Thief is a road picture which makes us believe we are the kids in the back seat asking "are we there yet?" The script is silly and full of holes, writers Craig Mazin and Jerry Eete don't appear to care to develop any sense of logic, they just pop in silly situations and link them together. The snake in the woods is an example of wasted fill in time on screen. The car carrying Bateman and McCarthy crashes on an interstate and no one stops and no state troopers show up until it's time for TV coverage which we see later in the film.
The story involves McCarthy taking Bateman's identity by asking him for his social security number over the phone. It's difficult to accept that this guy who has a solid but low paying job in business will be willing to quickly give up all his vital information over the phone to a person calling on a non-solicited call. He should know better. He therefore looses all his credit card value and is near to losing his new job with new boss John Cho.
Morris Chestnut is the detective who won't help and suggests if McCarthy were carried back to Colorado the matter could be cleared up otherwise it will take a year. No one mentions calling the credit card companies.
So Bateman is off to Florida to capture McCarthy and bring her home with him. Even his wife played by Amanda Peet agrees to this un-conventional solution. Think of the problems a man could get into kidnapping a women even when she looks like a messy Melissa McCarthy,
Bateman is fine as the lost victim and McCarthy does everything she is asked to do, too bad some of it is degrading and obnoxious. But when the tears come her character's personality is so locked-in it they don't work.
This is a typical early year release that makes us eager for Spring when the movie fun can begin again.