Con woman Diana (McCarthy) is living it up in Florida, spending recklessly and racking up minor crimes. But the identity she's using belongs to a timid professional from Denver (Bateman). When he discovers what she's done, he has to drive across America to find her and stop her.
Mild-mannered family man Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Jason Bateman) has his credit ripped off and his life nearly ruined by the human tornado that is con woman Diana (Melissa McCarthy). When he tries to sort out the situation, a road trip comedy ensues. At least, that was the plan. But, unfortunately, Identity Thief has been seriously short-changed by a script that struggles for laughs, relying instead on the comic dynamic of its leads and a truckload of contrivance. Add to that a plot that runs out of petrol way before the end and you’ve got the formula for a huge wasted opportunity.
Clever premise, witless execution.
Reviewed by James White