Good, Bad & Ugly Review: Identity Thief

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 24% (Critics) / 63% (Audience)
Directed By: Seth Gordon
Written By: Craig Mazin and Jerry Eeten
Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho and Amanda Peet
Studio: Universal Pictures

Synopsis: 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. (Source)

The Good:
Through sheer force of will and talent Melissa McCarthy is able to scrounge out a few laughs from this tired, by the numbers, predictable piece of fluff. Not many laughs, mind you, but at least she was able to get a tiny bit of funny into this supposed comedy.

The Bad:
The script was terrible, the direction was uninspired, even the music in this film sounded like it was repackaged music from any other crappy comedy of the last ten years. How you can completely waste the talents of folks like McCathy and Jason Bateman is astounding and those two actors need to have a sit down with their agents to find out why they keep getting roped into movies that end up being so lame. It’s kinda sad to think that Melissa McCarthy has not followed up her Oscar nominated turn in BRIDESMAIDS with any role of value.

The Ugly:
I cannot think of one reason for John Cho to be in this film because he was asked to do next to nothing.

Final Verdict: A prime example of a bad movie happening to good actors. There is nothing new or original in this film and very little funny to boot. A waste of time and talent.

Rating: D

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