Identity Thief (2013) Review

Nominated for an oscar, Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman star in Identity Thief (2013). In this movie, Bateman's character Sandy realizes that somehow someone has stolen his identity and he's on the hunt to find out who. I found a movie summary for you to tie things up:

When a mild-mannered businessman learns his identity has been stolen, he hits the road in an attempt to foil the thief, a deceptively harmless-looking woman.

This movie has had some really mixed feelings and rightly so, simply because this film showed little to no filming innovation. By this innovation, I am describing something not otherwordly, but something beyond the conditional simplicity and acquiescence of the genre itself. Right from the beginning, we know exactly where the story will go: a path of unremarkable simplicity that Hollywood is most likely to make the quickest buck.

Although this isn't just a crime movie, it's also mainly comedy-based. This film revisits natural proven comedy cycle, proving that the timeless accidental discovery of love, through traditional conflict, a realization is discovered that is meant to be almost "fated". Fate is always an instrument used in comedy movies, of which I am not so well fond of. The film uses very basic cliched references to typical discoveries of the self, a kind of "coming-of-age" sort that beckons boredom to the megaton degree.

Directing-wise, I would consider Identity Thief bound by traditional romantic comedy cliches, providing little to no innovative editorial and directorial craftsmanship, I do not personally find that we've really discovered something unique, or worth our money.

It's up to you, I'd say we're looking at a mistake altogether.

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