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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Jason Bateman
Melissa McCarthy
Amanda Peet
Jon Favreau.
Directors
Seth Gordon.
Screenwriters
Craig Mazin.
Running Time
111 minutes

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Identity Thief
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Plot
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.


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Identity Thief
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.


Verdict
Clever premise, witless execution.


Reviewed by James White

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RE: Waste of Time

tity Thief (2013) From the director of 'Horrible Bosses' but alas this isn't anywhere near as good. Simple premise, a woman steals a family mans identity and maxes out his credit cards causing him all manner of issues which involve the law. This is one of those films that just didn't sit well with me, the whole idea made me feel uncomfortable right from the start. This bloke has a nice happy family life which is brought to ruins by some fat binge drinking female who you just wanna smack... More

Posted by Phubbs at 03:04, 30 March 2013 | Report This Post



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