Brayden Swathwood movie review: ‘Identity Thief’

Published 8:00 am Tuesday, February 19, 2013

“Identity Thief”
3  1/2
out of 5 stars
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy, crime

Jason Bateman stars in this comedy about a business man who has his identity stolen.
He must travel from Denver to Miami in order to confront the harmless-looking lady who has been living the life after stealing the identity of Sandy Patterson. After finding Diana, played by Melissa McCarthy, they go on a wild ride back to Denver. On the way there, Sandy makes sure her identity thief does not escape at any point.
Besides that, they must avoid the people searching for Diana.
This movie is by far not the best comedy, but it does have some great story and outstanding humor. This movie reminds me of the film “Just Go With It.” At times, it’s very comical, and, at points, it’s a serious movie. That’s what makes this work.
The jokes are sometimes repeated but in a different way.
The comedy is spaced out just enough. If this movie was serious, it would have been a horrible flop.
McCarthy is comedy gold. She has two more movies coming out this year. Besides being a comedy queen, McCarthy drains her heart out in her performance. She is the MVP of this movie.
The movie fits three genres: comedy, crime and drama. They are split up equally and it somehow works. Usually when movies have many genres incorporated, they lose sight of the purpose.
Not all of the comedy is impressive. It’s very cheesy at times. For example: They go to a bar and, basically, it turns into a bar movie. The movie also offers silly scenes that take 20 minutes and have nothing to do with the story line.
The movie is often predictable, and, while watching it, you can almost guess what’s coming next. Just like you can easily tell how the movie is going to come to its perfect ending: Good enough where it is set up for a part two.
The movie, which is original, offers a good laugh and a good time to get out of the house. Nothing much more though — maybe a teary eye. Go for McCarthy, and you’ll leave still loving her.