“Identity Thief”February 10th, 2013 at 4:28 pm by Sy Becker under A Look at the Movies
Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, Amanda Peet
Only in Hollywood can the adventures of an “Identity Thief” get twisted into an on the road, odd couple, buddy bonding comedy, and still turn out to be as unfunny as sin.
Wait until Jason Bateman finds out Melissa McCarthy’s been on a buying spree on his credit card. The writers took the easy, uncomplicated way out of his predicament by portraying McCarthy as a victim of circumstance. Meaning, it’s not her fault she’s a born hustler who can’t help playing the role of the incurable victim to make us identify with her grubby character.
By the time the writers have turned McCarthy into a warm hearted saint, the picture’s completely forgotten where it’s going. There’s the barroom pick up by a drunken sleaze for the raunchy comedy crowd. Bateman’s character is so gruff and unappealing, it’s one more reason “Identity Thief” picks your pocket out of the price of admission.
There’s nothing even mildly amusing about this tasteless misfire. “Identity Thief” will get no credit from Becker with two stars.
Melissa McCarthy deserves a lot better and frankly so do we.