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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

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

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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

Runtime:

| (unrated) | (unrated)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Sandy and Diane pull up Cornish' employment records, the computer screen shows that Cornish had Pag-Ibig no., a GSIS no., a PhilHealth no. and a TIN which are standard Philippine employment membership, benefit and tax numbers. See more »

Goofs

When Sandy and Diana are in a car accident together on the highway, the real Sandy asks to see her driver license. The zip code on the license is actually for Huntsville, Alabama. See more »

Quotes

Julian: [having just been shot] You know what, you're crazy!
Skiptracer: Yep. Diagnosed and everything.
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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 »

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The Payback
Written by James Brown, Fred Wesley, John Starks
Performed by Amanda Brown
Produced by Christopher Lennertz, Todd Bozung
Amanda Brown appears courtesy of Republic Records
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Formulaic road trip comedy, but the actors make the jokes funny
17 February 2013 | by napierslogsSee 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.


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