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2013, Comedy - Adult

The Identity Thief (2013)

IDThief

Elevator Pitch.

A hedge fund financial officer in Denver has his identity stolen by a confidence trickster in Florida who maxes out his credit cards and clears his bank account. He is also arrested but the police find that the person they are after is a woman, and release him. He determines that the only way he can get out of trouble is to travel to Florida, find the con woman and bring her back to Denver. This never looked easy, but it is even more difficult than he could have imagined.

Content.

Sandy, the financial officer is treated badly by his boss, and well by his family before leaving for Florida. Once he has found the con woman, Diana, he starts back towards Denver by road. She is being chased by a couple of killers in the pay of a mafia boss in jail, and by a bailbondsman, complicating the task. They have numerous adventures, some of then involving violence and a bit of gunfire. There is also a lot of drinking and some non-revelatory and comedic sex.

A View.

This film was pretty well hated by the critics, mostly them taking exception to the use of Melissa McCarthy’s size as a comedic joke, but I thought that she managed pretty well, showing that even if you are a big person you can get what you want, her special skill (and it is a good plan to give your characters one) is that she can con anyone into doing what she wants. Not many actual LOL moments but still a watch for nothing.

Duration 1h 51m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A sort of original screenplay – but referencing Midnight Run and others.
Director Seth Gordon
Writers/Script Craig Mazin (story Jerry Eeten, Craig Mazin)
Starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, T.I.,  Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, Eric Stonestreet, Jonathan Banks
Additional Info The estimated budget for this movie was $35 million, a cost virtually equalled by its first weekend takings and it eventually made $174 million!!

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