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Identity Thief

By JAY HORTON
If an awareness of dimming economic realities were to occupy any Hollywood genre, you'd figure the gross-out comedy would be a natural fit. Shouldn't lowest-common-denominator humor cater to the 99 percent? For the briefest of moments, as an ebullient Melissa McCarthy blithely swindles Jason Bateman’s buttoned-down Denver accounts manager by pretending to be a bank employee offering a credit protection service, there's a hint of the anarchic zeal that could have lent Identity Thief a distinct personality. Before anyone starts pondering telemarketing fraud as a potential career, though, we're informed that Bateman's heroic financial services functionary can barely support his beatific family despite his tireless labor, while McCarthy lavishes her ill-gotten largess on a four-figure bar tab. McCarthy's effervescent crassness and Bateman's mastery of the long-suffering slow burn are as richly combustible as you'd expect, but while the sudden eruptions of frankly brutal slapstick work a treat, it's a long slog in reclaimed-hobo trousers to get there. Identity Thief papers over gaping questions of motivation and common sense through a succession of car crashes, limp capers and even the transformative makeover, but the project as a whole is so thoroughly ill-conceived it arrives morally bankrupt. If we’ve learned anything in the past few years, it's that there’s no such thing as a comedy too big to fail.
 
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Running Time: 111 minutes
  • Release Date: Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Language, Sexual Content ]
  • Critic's Score: C-
  • Starring: Jason Bateman [Sandy Patterson], Melissa McCarthy [Diana], Jon Favreau [Harold Cornish], Amanda Peet [Trish Patterson], Tip ``T.I.'' Harris [Julian], Genesis Rodriguez [Marisol], Morris Chestnut [Det. Reilly], John Cho [Daniel Casey], Robert Patrick [Skiptracer], Eric Stonestreet [Big Chuck], Jonathan Banks [Paul], Mary-Charles Jones [Franny Patterson], Maggie Jones [Jessie Patterson]
  • Directed by: Seth Gordon [Director], Craig Mazin [Screenwriter], Scott Stuber [Producer], Jason Bateman [Producer], Pamela Abdy [Producer], Peter Morgan [Executive Producer], Dan Kolsrud [Executive Producer], Javier Aguirresarobe [Cinematographer], Shepherd Frankel [Production Design], Peter Teschner [Film Editor], Carol Ramsey [Costume Designer], Christopher Lennertz [Original Music], Lisa Beach [Casting], Sarah Katzman [Casting], Andrew Cahn [Art Director], Maria Nay [Set Decoration]
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