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Bettie's Box Office: Identity Thief Movie Review

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:06 PM CDT

Identity Thief is guilty of stealing its premise from a bunch of other movies where incompatible characters are forced by circumstance to make a long road trip together. Recently, we've had Due Date and The Guilt Trip, not to mention classics like Tommy Boy and Planes, Trains and Automobiles.

In Identity Thief, Sandy (Jason Bateman) is an accountant barely keeping his financial head above water when he's swindled by Diana (Melissa McCarthy), a flamboyant con artist. She steals people's identities and sells their new credit cards to criminals (but not before using some of them to pay for her compulsive shopping addiction). When Sandy realizes he can't afford to wait for the police to take action, he decides to go to Florida and get Diana himself. He arrives at about the same time that Diana's background literally catches up with her in the form of hoodlums and bounty hunters.

McCarthy is predictably funny, relying a lot on physical humor but providing a few glimpses of her dramatic talent. Bateman is also good playing his usual role: an everyman who has to deal with incredibly awkward situations. Both of them have been funnier in other movies, but they work well together. Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family) is also really entertaining as Big Chuck, a kinky cowboy they meet along the way.

If you're looking for a light comedy for your Valentine movie date and you're in the mood for something more adult-oriented than the zombie romcom, Warm Bodies then Identity Thief may be just the ticket. It opens Friday, Feb. 8 and is rated R for sexual content and language.

By Bettie CrossBettie's Box Office: Identity Thief Movie Review


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