Identity Thief is about this guy with a “unisex” name of Sandy Bigelow Paterson. He lives in Denver. So who better to steal his identity than Melissa McCarthy from Bridesmaids and Mike & Molly? What? No answer? That’s right, because there is no one better!! McCarthy’s character, who goes by various names in the movie, lives in Winter Park, Florida and has successfully stolen MISTER Paterson’s (Jason Bateman) identity. With a lot going on in his life, he opts to not wait the 6 months to a year that it could take to clear his name wherever she may smear it which means only one thing: road trip. Once Bateman gets to Florida the movie turns into a bit of a rip on Due Date. Instead of a baby being due, it’s Paterson’s career that’s on the line. Oh the suspense!
I have yet to see anything bad from Jason Bateman that gets a theatrical release or multiple seasons on TV. For McCarthy on the other hand, I have only seen Bridesmaids. I haven’t seen her show, but I follow the flock and listen to the critics and am never disappointed by her work. Team them up with the T-1000 and a surprising performance by rapper T.I. and it’s a solid movie. I enjoyed T.I. in this far more than I’d care to admit and I think something that helped a lot was he did just enough to show potential without drowning (he only tried being funny, not dramatic acting. Relax).
I would have enjoyed a bigger role for everyone-aside from Bateman-that was chasing after McCarthy. The T-1000 and T.I. are among her pursuers and I never said either had to talk any more than they do. Hell, Robert Patrick had little to no lines in T2! I just would have enjoyed either bigger parts for them or a bigger conclusion at the end. The premise of the movie actually took away from a few of the spots I would have liked to have seen more of.
He literally plays the red neck version of the T-1000 in this.
More cameos! Come on, in Due Date we had Danny McBride and Jamie Fox. This time we got Jon Favreau and Eric Stonestreet (whom you may know better as the director of Iron Man and the big gay guy in Modern Family). Such a shame, I mean Will Arnett could have killed it as any character in this!
Wouldn’t you want a boss like him?
This was a brilliant comedic team up. Don’t get me wrong, I kinda feel like a few beers are deserved given the talent involved, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I don’t like Zach Galifinakis and I liked Due Date more than this. I will end with this: given the characters that McCarthy has played in both this and Bridesmaids, I think Melissa McCarthy has great potential to be the next Chris Farley in terms of as larger comedians go. I think it has a bit to do with the exaggerated or “over” acting that she does, not unlike Farley or even Jim Carrey.
Do a Shot: when McCarthy’s character starts singing (every new song she starts)
Take a Drink: when the belt turns into an elephant
Do a Shot: for every throat punch