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"Identity Thief" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy lead an all-star cast in this hilarious comedy. Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Orlando. There's only one glitch: she's financing her shopping sprees with an ID stolen from Sandy Patterson (Bateman), an accounts rep who lives halfway across the U.S in Denver. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Patterson is forced to extreme measures to clear his name.

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • Color, 2013,  Rated R, 1 hour 41 minutes
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • MPEG 4 /1080p 2.35:1 ratio
  • Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy and John Cho
  • Directed by: Seth Gordon
Rating
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes, but not pleasant
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

My problem with this comedy is during the first 20 minutes. I find the subject of identity theft to be about as humorous as cancer. Watching Bateman’s character get destroyed, even if by his own hand, was not very funny to me. Once the characters meet and “hit it off” (pun intended), the movie picked up some steam. I liked the idea of a single-minded bounty hunter chasing them, with comic results, but the storyline with the drug dealer and his henchmen in pursuit seemed tacked on and added nothing to the story. The only thing that saved this movie from being another “Tommy Boy” road trip was the chemistry of the two leads. Bateman has the naïve, honest guy down pat. McCarthy provides some funny physical comedy to the mix. She can also make a trucker blush with the “F-bombs” she slings. Ultimately, this is a quick rental that would never require repeat viewing.

Technical

I found little to fault here. Picture quality and sound are very good. Using an Arri Alexa camera, the colors just pop. Fine details are evident throughout. Contrasts are good and solid and the surrounds and sub have some decent material to work with. Even the most mundane movies are just looking great on Blu-ray these days, and this one is no exception.

Extras

Extras include: Gag reel, “making of” documentary, Skip Tracer’s van tour and Scene Stealing; “Capturing the humor of Identity Thief”.