1 1/2 Stars
Sandy makes an improbable deal with law-enforcement officials that includes traveling to Florida and retrieving the criminal. Because of jurisdictional red-tape, Sandy must complete the assignment solo, and in a week’s time in order to save his job and good credit. This essentially turns Identity Thief into a ‘road movie’, complete with the familiar scene of McCarthy singing every song on the radio, much to the chagrin of Bateman. Mixed up in this hodgepodge comedy is a pair of ethnic bounty hunters looking to collect a large debut from McCarthy, and Robert Patrick as a skip tracer also on the trail.
There is good chemistry between the leads, and Bateman is a pro at the exasperated everyman turned adventurer, a role he has cornered in the last decade. McCarthy is funny, but the mean-spirited character never gives the audience a chance to get behind her and care. In the end its shtick looking for coherence, in a better movie it works, this is not that movie.
Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Robert Patrick