Written February 14, 2013
Melissa McCarthy is the gem we have been missing in comedies! She is hysterical, delivers a line, does great physical comedy and is completely unexpected. I've watched her since she was Suki St. James and have always loved her but this is her format. She just shines. Jason Bateman has always done a great straight guy. He is still basically Michael in this movie.
My only criticism of the movie is that it would have been just as fantastic without the language. Nothing would have been lost to cut the f-words and half the four letter words and make it a PG-13. Maybe would have had to tweak the sex scene too. Sometimes less is more.
All in all it was great to laugh out loud which I did and often. Loved the movie but really love Melissa!!
Written February 10, 2013
My girlfriend is a big Melissa McCarthy fan and I've loved Jason Bateman's comedic skills forever. This movie was NO disappointment!
First, I loved the way they used a woman to steal a man's identity based on his first name.
Second, there were some wonderful lines (thank-you, writers!). Jason's "I'm just a decent guy" naiveté played well, especially when he mentioned his sock money.
I suffer with Systemic Lupus and severe Fibromyalgia, and both times when Melissa used the Fibro as an excuse/distraction, I laughed so hard I nearly came out of my seat. "Ow! My Fibromyalgia! It's going right down my back!" LOL. This worked comedically, because the illness doesn't hit you that way.
Finally, this story and the characters had a fantastic arc. Near the end, they both realised something crucial about themselves and the other, so the ending was very sweet. But you don't see the final comedy coming at all. GO SEE IT! The theatre was roaring. You won't be sorry.
Written July 23, 2014
On the end family visting while in prison. Told the girls not to go in the wood or forest because of a bear with cornrows. This is a radical slur. Bad
Written July 29, 2014
So let's not over analyze this movie... just go!
Great cast, too many unecessary villans, but stand out comedy performances by McCarthy and Stonestreet! Bateman always does a great job as the responsible, vanilla family man. A wild ride with many shenanigans along the way.
One very funny adult scene, so don't take your young-uns!
Written August 20, 2014
A go see for Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet should've had a bigger role in it. My complaint with the movie is that the supporting scenes were weak. Who the hell was the guy in jail hunting her down, the two characters doing it, who hired the bounty hunter, what the hell was the snake thing???? And why didn't Jason Bateman go to jail too?????????? All these things, except the snake scene, could've been explored a little more to make it a better movie, which is basically the writers. There are definitely some laughable moments.