Identity Thief **

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Run time: 111 mins Cert: 15

 

Synopsis: Con woman Diana (McCarthy) is living it up in Florida, using the identity of a timid Denver businessman Sandy Patterson. (Bateman). When he discovers what she’s done, he has to drive down to the Sunshine State to find her and stop her.

 

Over the years there have been several buddy movies involving criminals assisting their pursers, with Bulletproof and the classic Midnight Run coming to mind for this genre. This time Horrible Bosses’ Seth Gordon brings a film uniting two of the most funny current comedic actors at the moment.

 

Unfortunately this dream team brings the chemistry but sadly lacks the spark that this movie promises.

 

Both Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy work perfectly together. They have both proven their worth with Arrested Development and Bridesmaids. Even their characters are the perfect balance of straight versus crazy personalities.

 

The plot is also well structured. Where the film falls apart is that for a comedy it is sadly lacking in laughs. Both actors try and make the best with the material, but the lines and the actions are just simply not funny.

 

Normally in these types of films, the audience would normally feel sympathy for the antagonist, but McCarthy’s character comes across as a vicious bully with no sense of remorse.

 

This comedy could have been the best film of the genre since Bridesmaids, sadly the makers forgot if needs to be funny.

Reviewed by Paul Logan

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