Hollywood’s advance tracking indicates there’s a strong interest in IDENTITY THIEF…
If one can believe such stats then this laffer is hit-bound.
What we’ve got here is a road trip comedy about regular guy Denver businessman Jason Bateman who’s forced to take extreme measures to clear his name after his identity is stolen.
The thief is Melissa McCarthy who’s living the high life in Miami.
The I.D. she’s using to finance her excesses reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson,” which, after all, would work for either a man or woman.
In this case Bateman’s character is the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson and his credit, finances and new job are now imploding.
Time to take matters into his own hands.
Desperately trying to get his name back, Bateman heads 2,000 miles south to hunt down the con artist before his world blows up completely.
His plan is to bring her back to Denver to straighten things out with the law, his new employer and the family.
So far. So good.
But when Bateman meets up with McCarthy it’s hell to pay—mostly for him. He coaxs, bribes, wrangles and is left with plenty of bruises for his efforts.
The return drive from Miami via St. Louis to Denver is a disaster. And that’s putting it mildly, considering both actors performed most of their own stunts.
The problem with the film is that while it opens strong enough, it loses steam as it progresses. And its second act becomes ever more predictable and drawn out.
With a running time of just shy of two hours, it would’ve played much better had it been sufficiently trimmed.
The supporting cast of Amanda Peet, Jon Favreau, Morris Chestnut and Robert Patrick are more than adequate.
But it’s KCK native Eric Stonestreet who almost steals the movie in a funny, raunchy role.
Bottom line: Following McCarthy’s breakout performance in BRIDESMAIDS, expectations here are high, but this is NO Bridesmaids!
So keep your expectation level in check and you’ll enjoy IDENTITY THIEF.
As to its rating…
For TV’s Mike and Molly crowd it should raise 3 out of 5 fingers/
2-1/2 for everyone else.