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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sheep Movie Review: Identity Thief (2013)

Identity Thief
1hr 51min‎‎ - Rated R‎‎ - Comedy‎
Director: Seth Gordon

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Bateman, John Cho, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Eric Streetstone 

Mild-mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Miami to confront the deceptively harmless-looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy's identity.

Unlimited funds have allowed Diana to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There's only one glitch: The ID she's using to finance these sprees reads "Sandy Bigelow Patterson" and it belongs to an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back. 

The director of Horrible Bosses brings you a light hearted comedy featuring the adorable Jason Bateman, the hilarious Melissa McCarthy, also guest stars Modern Family’s funny man Eric Streetstone. Our story takes place over the course of a week and what a week it is! Sure it’s a bit outlandish and over the top but Bateman and McCarthy makes a fun comedy team and it was an enjoyable ride to be shared with them. Bateman is great as the man whose identity has been stolen and whose life is quickly falling apart as a result of the theft. McCarthy is perfect as the outlandish, fast talking and clever thief who takes Bateman for the ride of his life. 

I enjoy both Bateman and McCarthy, so to have them combined as a comedy duo in a movie was a treat and I thought the interactions between them and their banter were enjoyable. 

During the course of this road trip Bateman and McCarthy’s characters take from Florida to Denver we discover that Mr. Patterson (Bateman) isn’t the only person after Diana (McCarthy) and from the moment Bateman arrives in Florida the shenanigans and hijinks take off and don’t stop until the credits. Also over the course of this road trip a friendship starts brewing…can one whose life has crashed around him because of shifty, selfish actions of another really become friends? I don’t know if in normal life I’d be so quick to befriend someone who’s stolen so much from me, but hey…it’s Hollywood- I’ll gladly pretend we live in that fun imaginary world for 1hour and 51minutes!

This movie doesn’t take itself too seriously and neither should you, just pop some popcorn and let McCarthy and Co. do their thing.

I give 3.5 'Identity stolen' sheep
Guest Reviewer: Jenni Darling


  1. Is that Sookie from the tv series Gilmore Girls? I did love her in that one. The movie sounds fun.

    1. yes it is! She has another movie coming out soon with Sandra Bullock.

    2. Yes! The one where Bullock is FBI and McCarthy is a local cop? I so want to watch that.


      I saw Identity Thief on Valentine's day. McCarthy rocked it. I was laughing so hard when she was in the diner and wanted all that food and Bateman wasn't wanting to pay for it. That poor guy's erectile dysfunction just had me rolling. :D

    3. it looked like the perfect role for her in the trailers. I will have to wait for the DVD to see this one.

  2. I'm going to see this now for sure, before Bunni's review I may have let it slide by. BUT now I can say it's on my radar. Though I will wait for the dvd. Sounds super funny!