IDENTITY THIEF opens Fri., Feb. 8, 2013. Stars: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau and Amanda Peet. Directed by Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses").
Diane (McCarthy) steals the identity of Sandy Patterson (Bateman). He has one week to find her and bring her back to Denver--a Herculean task.
This "comedy" is pretty much a long episode of 'Mike and Molly' without Mike. Fans of that sitcom will like this a lot. Those who don't like that sitcom won't like this either. McCarthy is an adequate comedic actress as best and this is more proof. The situations are straight out of a sitcom and should be left there, buried between commercial breaks.
Bateman, who also worked in "Horrible Bosses", is equally adequate. He seems to only have three facial expressions in his repertoire and is essentially the same man over and over with a different name. Bateman is the younger brother of Justine Bateman ('Family Ties'). He began his career on 'Little House on the Prairie' and should've stayed a child. Sadly, he grew up and tried to keep alive the "Teen Wolf" franchise in the sequel but failed in the wake of Michael J. Fox, also of 'Family Ties'. This film will add to his legacy of mediocrity.
McCarthy has a lot of fans who liked her in "Bridesmaids". It proves nothing to anyone who has seen variations of this plot in over a thousand films. There's very little from Hollywood that is original any more and this is just one more in a long list of films with a rehashed plot and obvious cash-grab castmates who need the work.