Review: Identity Thief

An alcoholic sociopath in a Bozo fright wig (Melissa McCarthy) uses money she electronically pilfers from middle class schmucks to buy strangers rounds of drinks in hope of winning a friend. One of her victims (Jason Bateman) gets wise to the con and -- for some inexplicable reason known only to the screenwriter -- must cart “Slobbin’ Hood” cross-country to help prove to his boss that he’s not a crook.

Don’t blame the Apatow connection for this one. Director Seth Gordon (Four Christmases, Horrible Bosses) steals a few chapters from the John Hughes playbook as he tries in vain to transform McCarthy into this generation's’ John Candy. The problem is John Candy was a dandy comedian, not Chris Farley with a vagina.

Per usual, the shameless third act pathos (and the obligatory sow’s ear makeover) prove funnier than any of the stuff passing for comedy that precedes it.

Reader Rating: Zero stars

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This review....was funnier than the entire movie. I don't know which great line I liked best.

wow, glad I did not watse any money on it.

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