(Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip "T.I." Harris, et al / R / 111 mins)
Overview: An accounts representative embarks on a frantic quest to reclaim his identity from the Orlando thief who stole it and destroyed his credit by embarking on a massive spending spree in this comedy starring Jason Bateman (Arrested Development, Horrible Bosses) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids).
Verdict: Identity Thief breaks no new ground, but manages to entertain the requisite amount of time to be a fun and funny movie. It really straddles the line between a "so-so" and a "go" but I'll give it the green light as it will at the least keep a smile on your face.
This movie does suffer from jokes that should have been left on the cutting room floor and from segments that just needed to be removed altogether. Some areas of the movie feel like filler and do nothing more than move the audience away from what they should be feeling for the characters.
The most important element of Identity Thief that is seldom done right in comedies of this nature is the well executed resolution. Despite being disjointed and the cast suffering from the occasional unintentional identity crisis, Identity Thief wasn't horrible (bosses).