Last Saturday I saw Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and Amanda Peet.
The plot? Sandy Patterson is a hard worker, supporting a family with a third child on the way. When his boss, the prickly Mr. Cornish, asks Sandy to cut bonus checks for all of upper manager, it’s the last straw for several employees, who then decide to start up their own business. The opportunity promises Sandy a hefty promotion and increased salary. Unfortunately, that’s about the time Diana decides to start raking up credit cards under his name. Sandy starts getting phone calls regarding his purchases and then is arrested. After convincing the cops his identity was stolen, they inform him that catching the person behind the crime could take up to a year to fully handle. With his recent job change and his families financial stability at risk, Sandy decides that’s too long and heads to Florida to convince Diana to return with him and clear things up. Of course, things go completely awry and the audience gets to know how Diana became so crazy.
I’m not going to lie, this movie is not some intellectual piece with a change your life type feel, it does not have (many) Michael Bay explosions, and it doesn’t have an epic Jerry Bruckheimer soundtrack.
But, if you are looking to be completely entertained for two hours, or to nearly spit your soda on the person in front of you, watch this movie.
I found it hilarious, and surprisingly, I thought the story was great. Melissa McCarthy’s character was crazy, oddly likable and infuriating at the same time. Jason Bateman, well I always like watching him, he is one of those people who has great timing, you know, he can say the most normal sentence in such a way that it comes off like a punch line.
I’m going to buy it when it hits DVDs, and set it next to Horrible Bosses.
Then, I’m predicting here, I’m going to put The Heat next to those two. I’ll start a weird semi grungy Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy –Hangover type adventure section in my movie collection. Anyone have any other additions to this comedic / occasionally terrifying (see Horrible Bosses Colin Farrell) snowball adventures collection?