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Identity Thief (2013)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  8 February 2013 (USA)
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Mild mannered businessman Sandy Patterson travels from Denver to Florida to confront the deceptively harmless looking woman who has been living it up after stealing Sandy's identity.



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Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) gets a nice call confirming his name and other identifying information. The next thing he knows, a spa in Florida is reminding him of his appointment and his credit cards are maxed out. With his identity stolen, Sandy leaves his wife, kids and job to literally bring the thief to justice in Colorado. Keeping tabs on the other Sandy (Melissa McCarthy) and run-ins with bounty hunters is harder than he was expecting, and ultimately the cross-country trip is going to find both Sandys learning life tips from one another. Written by napierslogs

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She's having the time of his life See more »


Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 February 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

ID Theft  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$34,551,025 (USA) (8 February 2013)


$134,455,175 (USA) (31 May 2013)

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The Motel clerk in Georgia who tells Jason Bateman that "he should treat his wife better because otherwise someone else will", is actually married to Melissa McCarthy in real life. See more »


The movie turns on the premise that the crook needs to "be standing right here" to make an arrest, as a police officer tells Bateman's character. Bateman lives in Colorado, while McCarthy's character is making the false charges in Florida. Not so. "If the perpetrator is found, they are usually arrested in the area in which they live, and all local, state and federal documentation is sent to that court system," said Raul Vargas, a fraud specialist with Identity Theft 911. "Keep in mind, jurisdiction is based upon the area in which the crime occurred, not the area in which the victim lives. See more »


Bartender: These aren't your friends. They like you because you're buying them drinks. People like you don't have friends.
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Crazy Credits

After the end credits, we hear two lines of dialog from earlier in the movie. The Skiptracer Robert Patrick saying "No, Sandy's a girl's name!" And Sandy Jason Bateman replying "It's not, it's unisex!" See more »


References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »


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Written by Michael Fitzpatrick, Noelle Scaggs, Joseph Karnes (as Joseph Scott Karnes), James King (as James Midhi King), Jeremy Ruzumna, John Wicks
Performed by Fitz and The Tantrums
Courtesy of Dangerbird Records
By arrangement with Hidden Track Music
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Weak, Not Funny
6 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) discovers that his identity has been stolen by Diana (Melissa McCarthy) and goes to where she is in Florida to bring her to justice and get his life back.

The promos did me in again. They were funny and the only things that were funny in this "comedy." When I saw the name Melissa McCarthy I was dreading her spewing off foul and raunchy language for 3-minutes without breathing. She has that shtick judging from earlier movies I have seen of her, but, surprisingly that never happened, thank goodness.

Diana is basically the main character and Sandy just goes along for the ride trying to get his life back. Diana does the silly, stupid, but mandatory things a Hollywood comedy must have and we in the audience cringe a lot. So much for comedy. This could have been good and funny, but those silly, stupid and mandatory things trump everything else that could have been used no matter how good they may have been. So much for any creativity. We get the same things over and over again and timing be damned. After a while it all becomes tedious, bland, and why are we watching?

To be fair Jason Bateman does have good timing and some of his actions inject some humor into this. I wish someone would come up with a script that hi-lites Bateman's talent and not just treat him like a 5th wheel. (Hey, maybe it's him picking these weak, not funny scripts.) Hmmm……… (3/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: Yes, simulated in a motel room. Nudity: No. Adult sexual Language: Yes. Language, other: Yes, not much surprisingly

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