Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Identity Thief (2013)

IMDb plot summary: 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.
Directed by Seth Gordon. Starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.

My husband and I rented this knowing it would probably not be good, but I love Jason Bateman so much I hoped it would make up for it. "And besides," I said, "if it sucks we can just make fun of it the whole way."

Well, turns out it was so miserably bad we couldn't even do that. I had been looking at credits like Jason Bateman and Seth Gordon (who directed Horrible Bosses, one of my favorite comedies of 2011) when I SHOULD have been paying attention to the screenwriter. Craig Mazin was involved with writing Scary Movie 3 and 4, The Hangover 2 and 3, and RocketMan, the only movie I have EVER found so awful that I refused to finish it. This isn't quite that bad, I think I genuinely smiled once or twice, but the jokes are terrible, Jason Bateman is woefully underused, the dramatic tension makes no sense, and the plot is ludicrous. Not worth it at all. Half a star.

Flickchart: #1865 out of 1952, below The Ultimate Gift and above Bean.

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