Written March 28, 2017
I was so worried this would be one of those movies where all the funny scenes had been wasted in the previews, but I laughed throughout the entire run. Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman are amazing, and play off each other's energy the entire time. It also avoids focussing too much on the sentimentalizing that is bound to accompany the end of a movie like this (a la Planes Trains and Automobiles as it is).
See this movie! Sell blood, pawn your watch or jewelry, give a closeted tourist a handy while his wife isn't looking, whatever it takes to scrape together the money to see it. You won't be disappointed.
Written September 26, 2016
Melissa McCarthy has done it again! To me the movie was more than the typical farce/road trip saga, due to the talents of Ms. McCarthy. Just when the humor becomes overly broad, she will bring real emotion to the surface. Sure there are enough predictable plot points that we have all seen before. However, Ms. McCarthy and the wonderful Jason Bateman, bring a real human element that can take the viewer by surprise at the most unexpected moments. By the end, when the expected warm fuzzy brought real tears to my eyes, the last joke had me falling out of the chair in a fit of giggles. Will this movie change the world? No. Did it give me a nice break from a crappy week and enough giggles to reframe my outlook for awhile? YES. This will be one of the movies that goes on my list to see again and again on DVD when I need an attitude adjustment. Great use of limited funds and well worth the time to escape for a while.
Written December 09, 2016
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).
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Written March 23, 2017
It was entertaining, but predictable, and there were characters in the movie that just never developed. The bad guy in prison, the three people chasing our characters, they just kind of were -- and nothing was really ever explained. This is a good movie to watch when it comes out on DVD, Apple TV, Digital Download etc. Funny moments, but just not all that funny.
Written February 24, 2017
So Good!!!! Excellent cast!...love Jason Bateman. Fast -paced, action packed and awesome stunts. Extremely funny movie. I was entertained from start to finish with all facets of this movie especially the acting and cinematography. Well directed film. "FIVE STARS"
My daughter and I planned to see this movie from the first time we saw the trailer and I'm so glad we followed through. This movie was so good, as we left the theater we laughed while recalling all our favorite sceens and I'll be dang if we didn't dang near relive the entire movie. We even discussed possible sequels. As soon as I got home, I got on Fandango and submitted a FanAlert for "The Heat"...Melissa McCarthy, I'm a fan for life. You really helped make this movie GREAT!!!! Well done!