Melissa McCarthy’s become all the rage lately, hasn’t see? Because of her character Megan in Bridesmaids and her television show Mike and Molly? The sudden love drives me crazy when there’s suddenly all these people who come along pretending to be huge fans since forever when they probably don’t even know that she used to play Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls. Along with Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel she was my childhood. Beside’s the fact that Melissa and I have the same name, clearly, so it was a match made in heaven.
Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman), a business man travels from his home in Denver to Florida to chase down the women, Diana (Melissa McCarthy) who’s stolen his identity, because he has a girls name.
Long story short this is what happens: Sandy goes to Florida to find the women pretending to be her. They meet on the highway where she ends up stealing his car and has the keys from hers but inside the car is her address so he shows up at her house. But you can’t let the movie end that fast because then you don’t have a movie so these two random people known as Julian and Marisol show up at the front door looking for Diana themselves. On top of the bounty hunter Skiptracer who’s also looking for her. Sandy and Diana end up getting to Denver and he learns that she’s really not a bad person and decides that he doesn’t want to turn her in so she ends up doing it herself. Then Sandy and his family end up being only friends Diana has and then the movie’s over. Everything inbetween that is very unnecessary but added to make the length 112 minutes. If you have any questions about specific scenes you’ve seen in the trailer or want a more detailed spoiler post I can do so but the movie is the trailer. You’ve already seen it.
I guess I have to agree with a fair amount of people on Rotten Tomatoes who have reviewed this film before me. Throughout the entire movie the comedic moments are there, just not as funny as one would think from the beginning. There are also times were jokes or scenes were taken too far, clearly the reason behind it’s R rating. Aside from the fact that most of the few hilarious moments were shown in the trailer. There are unnecessary characters thrown in that are unnecessary, like Julian, Marisol and Skiptracer who are chasing Diana themselves aside from Sandy as the movie continues to drag on. I believe that more people will be rather disappointed with the outcome then they would’ve thought going in. I only assume people look forward to it because of McCarthy’s plus-size figure which absolutely disgusts me. Lesson learned: Good actors don’t always make good movies.
Identity Thief hits theatres Friday, February 8th 2013.