MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 71 this week

Identity Thief (2013)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  8 February 2013 (USA)
5.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 82,141 users   Metascore: 35/100
Reviews: 220 user | 266 critic | 41 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 21 titles
created 29 Aug 2012
 
a list of 48 titles
created 18 Dec 2012
 
a list of 34 titles
created 21 Apr 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 04 Oct 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Identity Thief" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Identity Thief (2013)

Identity Thief (2013) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Identity Thief.

User Polls

1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Heat I (2013)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An uptight FBI Special Agent is paired with a foul-mouthed Boston cop to take down a ruthless drug lord.

Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Sandra Bullock, Michael McDonald, Melissa McCarthy
Tammy (2014)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

After losing her job and learning that her husband has been unfaithful, a woman hits the road with her profane, hard-drinking grandmother.

Director: Ben Falcone
Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates
Bridesmaids I (2011)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride's best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.

Director: Paul Feig
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne
This Is 40 (2012)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Pete and Debbie are both about to turn 40, their kids hate each other, both of their businesses are failing, they're on the verge of losing their house, and their relationship is threatening to fall apart.

Director: Judd Apatow
Stars: Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow
The Change-Up (2011)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Dave is a married man with two kids and a loving wife, and Mitch is a single man who is at the prime of his sexual life. One fateful night while Mitch and Dave are peeing in a fountain, lightning strikes and they switch bodies.

Director: David Dobkin
Stars: Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, Olivia Wilde
The Switch I (2010)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Seven years after the fact, a man comes to the realization that he was the sperm donor for his best friend's boy.

Directors: Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When one of their own is kidnapped by an angry gangster, the Wolf Pack must track down Mr. Chow, who has escaped from prison and is on the lam.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three friends conspire to murder their awful bosses when they realize they are standing in the way of their happiness.

Director: Seth Gordon
Stars: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A veteran pot dealer creates a fake family as part of his plan to move a huge shipment of weed into the U.S. from Mexico.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts
Bad Words (2013)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult.

Director: Jason Bateman
Stars: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Allison Janney
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort's therapy sessions is not optional.

Director: Peter Billingsley
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Jon Favreau
Comedy

The sequel to Seth Gordon's 'Identity Thief' starring Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Julian (as Tip 'T.I.' Harris)
...
...
...
...
...
...
Paul
...
Bartender
...
Party Guy
Tyler Nilson ...
Party Guy
...
Party Guy's Buddy
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Is this the face of a thief? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 February 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

ID Theft  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$134,455,175 (USA) (31 May 2013)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated)

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After Sandy and Diane purchase the $200 car, the scene showing their arrival to St. Louis as they cross a bridge is actually downtown Chattanooga. The tallest buildings and St. Louis Arch were digitally added. See more »

Goofs

After getting his credit card cut at the gas station, Sandy starts walking away as soon as the clerk starts mocking him. In the next shot he is standing still in front of the glass window as if he hadn't moved at all. See more »

Quotes

Sandy Patterson: You're diabolical.
Diana: Thank you.
Sandy Patterson: That's not a compliment.
Diana: I know.
See more »

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 »

Connections

References Survivor (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

The Walker
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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Formulaic road trip comedy, but the actors make the jokes funny
17 February 2013 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

As the cartoon-ish posters tell us, Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) is a sucker. He just gave his personal identification information to a stranger over the phone. Sandy Patterson (Melissa McCarthy) is the "Identity Thief". After getting arrested and almost getting fired from his job, the real Sandy Patterson is determined to get his identity back. A stupid but convenient police procedural sets Sandy off across the country to bring the criminal to justice.

It's the type of film where critics and audiences are at odds. Critics think it's one of the worst comedies ever made, audiences don't particularly like it all that much either, but are paying to see it in theatres in droves. Go figure. Well, I liked it. It has its fair share of problems, but it can make you laugh, simply and effectively.

The key to comedy is timing. Bateman is a good comedic actor and he has great comedic timing. His lines are funny enough and we are able to laugh at his misfortunes because we know good will have to come to him eventually. The film itself also has good timing. A handful of well- timed edits had me screaming, laughing and crying in a ball as a snake squirmed its way up Sandy's pants. The scene that followed handled an animal joke better than most similar comedies do.

Say what you will about Melissa McCarthy, but she's a good actress based solely on the fact that every character she has played is completely different than any she has played before. "Sandy"/Diana is not Molly, not the filthy Megan, not the scattered Sookie and not any of the darker characters that she played in a few dramas. Diana has no friends (but can buy some using Sandy's money) because she's extreme in her actions. But that's where comedy lies, in the extreme.

"Identity Thief" does take the road trip comedy angle and makes it fairly formulaic with the various obstacles, but that's also what makes it likable. Sandy is likable, Diana is over-the-top but that's what makes the comedy work. The film, though, is a "soft R", meaning the jokes are tame and silly not overly crude or crass. Considering how much audiences love the R-rated comedy, that's apparently the problem with this movie. It just wasn't raunchy enough for them. Well, I can like my comedies with a few less swear words and no nudity, so I liked it.


31 of 57 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'F you Tranny!' Was this really necessary? succotash
How did you NOT think this was funny?! ktrimue-270-302048
There's nothing funny about identity theft. rpopecpa
Why is she funny? bamarunnerjeff
You People Are Unbelievable Bsmith1486
One of the worst movies ever... cureFORstupidity
Discuss Identity Thief (2013) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?