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Friday, February 8th, 2013

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy's 'Identity Thief' Disappoints Critics

The first big comedy of the year, Identity Thief, starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy and directed by Horrible Bosses helmer Seth Gordon, drops today, and reviews so far are overwhelmingly negative. Identity Thief, as of this writing, has received a 25% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 41/100 Metacritic. Reviewers have come to a consensus that Bateman and McCarthy aren't the problems with the movie and that the laugh-light, undisciplined script is its greatest weakness. Critics have singled out Bateman and McCarthy's performance, in particular, making the two leads the only subjects of praise in the movie amongst critics. The Seattle Times sums it up, writing "Identity Thief is mostly noteworthy for reminding us that McCarthy's talents can, indeed, carry a comedy. It's too bad that it had to be this one."

Comparisons to other road trip buddy movies abound, with Movie Nation opining "While the filmmakers might have shot for Midnight Run, but settled for Due Date, they wound up only achieving Guilt Trip." Richard Roeper agrees, "It wants to be Midnight Run meets Planes, Trains and Automobiles, but it carries little of the dramatic heft and real-world semi-plausibility of those much superior efforts." While Identity Thief isn't faring so well with reviewers, it's the last big comedy coming out until Steve Carell's The Incredible Burt Wonderstone hits the theaters over a month from now. If you're looking for a good Melissa McCarthy movie, it might be a safer bet to wait around for The Heat, the buddy cop feature she made with Sandra Bullock and Bridesmaids director Paul Feig that comes out this June and looks to be one of the comedy highlights of 2013.

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  • exsqueeze_me

    WHOA, I didn't see this coming. And Horrible Bosses was so good! (Everything preceding this was sarcasm)

    Horrible Bosses was terrible, and I refuse to see this movie, as well as the other sludge that Hollywood continues to pour out to "appease" the masses taste in terrible, mindless films.

    • BillBrasky2620

      Was this post written by David Cross's character from Mr. Show who "doesn't own a television"? Notice I didn't call it a TV, because TV is a nickname, and nicknames are for friends, and television is no friend of mine! (lip quiver)

      Horrible Bosses was funny, but this movie wasn't. I think the main problem was, as the article says, the script- Bateman and McCarthy's performances were fine, especially McCarthy's. But the script was written by Craig Mazin, whose prior screenwriting credits are the Marlon Wayans movie "Senseless", Scary Movies 3 and 4, and The Hangover Part II.

      Horrible Bosses was cowritten by John Francis Daley from Freaks & Geeks, who is also one of the writers on "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone", so I am holding out more hope that that will be good.

      • exsqueeze_me

        Eek, that screenwriter says it all. I still refuse to believe that Horrible Bosses was funny. Certain parts were good, Charlie Day was funny, with his whole shtick, but generally it was just over the top idiocy. Bateman has this stereotypical role that is continually being overplayed, which is no fault of his, and I admire his ability to continually get so much work, but come on. You can only have so much money, and so many kitsch projects when you reach a point where you're like, hm, let's start doing more projects as ingenius as Arrested Development. Hopefully he'll reach that point soon.