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Identity Thief (2013)

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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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Seth Gordon

Writers:

Craig Mazin (screenplay), Jerry Eeten (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Bateman ... Sandy Patterson
Melissa McCarthy ... Diana
Jon Favreau ... Harold Cornish
Amanda Peet ... Trish Patterson
T.I. ... Julian (as Tip 'T.I.' Harris)
Genesis Rodriguez ... Marisol
Morris Chestnut ... Detective Reilly
John Cho ... Daniel Casey
Robert Patrick ... Skiptracer
Eric Stonestreet ... Big Chuck
Jonathan Banks ... Paul
Ryan Gaul ... Bartender
Steve Mallory Steve Mallory ... Party Guy
Tyler Nilson ... Party Guy
Steve Little ... Party Guy's Buddy
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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

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Is this the face of a thief? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Critic Rex Reed drew considerable ire when his review singled out Melissa McCarthy's weight, calling her "a hippo", "obese" and "humongous". One of his own many critics was McCarthy's frequent director Paul Feig who cordially invited Reed on Twitter to "go fuck himself". See more »

Goofs

After the car accident on the highway, the grill is back to normal on the Ford that Sandy is driving. Prior to the accident, the grill is dented and damaged. See more »

Quotes

[Paul speaks with Marisol from prison on telephone, demanding to know whether Diana was caught]
Paul: Did you get her?
Marisol: Almost.
Paul: "Almost"? Okay, then I *almost* WON'T kill you when I get out of here!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The studio thought that it was necessary to enrich the DVD/BD releases with a longer Unrated Cut that adds almost 9 minutes of material. The clear conclusion here is that the majority of those scenes feel like they were cut out of the theatrical version because they simply weren't needed or slowing down the events. Typical "unrated" material that could've been too risky for the "R"-rated theatrical version is nowhere in sight. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Total Chaos (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Intent
Written by Kimbra (as Kimbra Johnson), François Tétaz (as Francois Tetaz)
Performed by Kimbra
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Absolute disappointment!
6 March 2013 | by jscott554See all my reviews

Oh My God this movie was bad… So horrible… it hurt to sit through the first 20 minutes to get to the point. I felt I could review it due without ever bothering to digest the whole piece.

Despite the high profile comedic talent on hand, (Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy), the movie is so predictable that you can guess almost every nuance in it. If you wish to have your intelligence insulted for an hour and a half, this is for you.

The idiotic pranks the script calls for in the first half hour are so predictable, you laugh at the characters as they attempt to convince you they're going through the actual experience of identity theft. The lame attempt to profile a law enforcement agent's disdain for having to pursue an identity thief is akin to what the audience feels in their effort to connect with the characters. McCarty's character is so predictable we've seen it 100 times in Hollywood. Good person feels unloved, steals someone else's material goods to feel appreciated, throws party, is told no one cares and voila… they want to do right.

Hello, thanks for your complete lack of originality.

When you have comedic talent, you don't have to give them an 9th grader's high school play script to read. Give them some real material. McCarthy's character is so predictable you already hate her before you're invested into why she actually bother to steal Bateman's character's identity. By the time the movie reveals that McCarthy is a self-loathing, conceited, self deprecating individual who wants out of her predictable Drug/gang related troubles, you have no empathy for her character what-so-ever. In fact, you've already begun to detest her role as a leach.

Bateman is the only character worth investing in and perhaps that's because we still identify with him as one of the principles in Hancock, nearly the same character.

If I'm spending $8 to see a film it sure as heck isn't this one.

Give us a real script and less predictable jokes, less predictable outcomes and less predictable plot lines. Yes, the actors were funny, but everything else about this film suc&ed.

Save your $ go see something else.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

8 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

ID Theft See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,551,025, 10 February 2013

Gross USA:

$134,506,920

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,965,010
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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