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|Directed by||Seth Gordon|
|Produced by||Scott Stuber
|Screenplay by||Craig Mazin|
|Story by||Jerry Eeten
|Music by||Christopher Lennertz|
|Editing by||Peter Teschner|
Scott Stuber Productions
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||111 minutes
121 minutes (Unrated cut)
Identity Thief is a 2013 American crime comedy film directed by Seth Gordon, written by Craig Mazin, and starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. The film tells a story about a man (Bateman) whose identity is stolen by a woman (McCarthy).
Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) gets a call from a woman (Melissa McCarthy) saying someone attempted to steal his identity. She tells him about an identity protection service and asks him for his name, date of birth, and social security number. Little does he know that his identity is actually about to be stolen. At work, Sandy gets called in by his obnoxious boss, Harold Cornish (Jon Favreau), and told to prepare bonus cheques for partners. As Sandy goes to do so, he gets a phone call saying he has an appointment at a salon on Friday in Winter Park, Florida. Sandy is confused, but puts it out of his mind when he has a conversation with his co-worker, Daniel Casey (John Cho), who tells him that he and a few others are tired of working for Cornish. In the parking lot, Daniel and others meet to discuss starting their own firm. Daniel asks Sandy if he'll join them, to which he agrees.
A little while later, Sandy tries to get gas, but his card is declined and the gas station clerk cuts it up. He calls the credit card company and is told he's spent a lot of money in Florida. As this happens, he gets arrested. At the same time in Florida, Diana continues splurging with Sandy's money. At a police station, Detective Reilly (Morris Chestnut) tells Sandy that he missed a court date in Florida for assault. They pull up a mug shot of Diana and determine she's stolen Sandy's identity. It gets worse at work when Daniel says cops are asking about him possessing drugs. Reilly and other cops show up and say a card with Sandy's name was used to buy drugs from a man named Paolo (Jonathan Banks). When told they can't do anything unless the identity thief was standing there in Denver with them, Sandy offers to go on his own, bring her there and get her to talk to Daniel to clear his name. Sandy's wife, Trish (Amanda Peet), finds out about the situation and knows Sandy's taking a risk, but he assures her he'll get the job done. He finds Diana at the salon and follows her. After he confronts her on the road, she steals his rental car. He finds her address in her abandoned car and goes to Diana's house, which is full of merchandise and other stolen credit cards. The pair scuffle and Sandy attempts to handcuff her. Before Sandy can cuff her, two criminals named Marisol and Julian (Génesis Rodríguez and T.I.) are pounding at the door because Diana gave Paolo some bad credit cards. Marisol and Julian shoot the door open, but Sandy and Diana manage to escape.
Sandy tells Diana about his plan to redeem his name and Diana agrees to go along with him. Meanwhile, a skiptracer (Robert Patrick) is dispatched to track down Diana to obtain a substantial bounty. On the road, Diana reminds Sandy that the people at the airport would have an issue with both of their ID's reading "Sandy Bigelow Patterson", so flying back is out of the question and they attempt to return to Denver by driving. After traveling through several states, the skiptracer catches up to the pair and captures Diana. A chase ensues and she knocks him unconscious, and Sandy rams his van off the road. They take the skiptracer's van with him tied to the back, but it overheats on the road. They end up walking and almost stop to rest in the woods, but they encounter several snakes, one of which ends up in Sandy's pants, which he takes off and throws away. Another snake bites Sandy's neck and Diana accidentally knocks him unconscious while trying to beat the snake.
Sandy wakes up at a bus station; Diana says she carried him until she flagged down a truck to take them there. The next bus to Denver isn't due for three days. Sandy finds some money in his socks and buys a cheap car. When they stop for gas and realize they need more money, the two of them sneak into an accounting firm and coax an accounts processor into giving them access into restricted files, and they steal Cornish's identity to create new credit cards. Meanwhile, the skiptracer goes to the bus station and threatens the employee unless he tells him where to find Diana. He then gets shot by Marisol who, along with Julian, has been tracking the pair throughout their journey. Having overheard the skiptracer's conversation they continue to pursue Sandy and Diana. Sandy and Diana finally arrive in St. Louis and stop at a hotel. Diana gets a makeover and has dinner with Sandy. Things get heated when he asks Diana what her real name is, but she admits she doesn't know it. She cries as the accounts processor comes in with cops, who arrest Sandy and Diana. Diana manages to un-cuff herself in the back of the police car, and then breaks the back windshield and escapes with Sandy. The skiptracer, who has captured Marisol and Julian by shooting them in the foot and locking them up in his trunk, eventually finds Diana and Sandy on the highway mid-escape, and hits Diana with his car, sending her flying behind it. Although the skiptracer ends up colliding his car with the cops, prompting a horde of police to arrest him, Julian and Marisol. Sandy comes to her aid, but Diana comes to and defensively strikes Sandy in the throat. Diana and Sandy eventually get home, where Diana has dinner with Sandy's family and reconciles with them.
The next morning, Sandy is prepared to tell Diana that he'll go in alone to the station, but she's gone. She left a note saying sorry. He goes into work, preparing to quit, but Daniel shows him that Diana is meeting with the police in an office. Detective Reilly tells Sandy he is no longer part of the investigation and Diana is taken away in cuffs. Before she leaves, Sandy asks her why, and Diana says she knew he wouldn't turn her in, but it was the right thing for her to do it herself. One year later, Sandy is celebrating another birthday, this time with his third kid joining them. The family goes to visit Diana in prison, where Sandy presents Diana with a birth certificate of hers that reveals that Diana's true name is Dawn Budgie (which Diana thinks is the "worst fucking name ever"). Diana hugs Sandy and begins to walk away, until an officer taunts and told her "Back in your cage, bitch", prompting Diana to strike her in the throat. Another guard tazes Diana in the back. Diana falls, but recovers seconds later. She then gets up and walks back to go to her cell. The camera takes one more shocked look from Sandy, as he walks away.
- Jason Bateman as Sandy Bigelow Patterson
- Melissa McCarthy as Diana/Dawn Budgie
- Jon Favreau as Harold Cornish
- Amanda Peet as Trish Patterson
- Génesis Rodríguez as Marisol
- T.I. as Julian
- Morris Chestnut as Detective Reilly
- John Cho as Daniel Casey
- Robert Patrick as Skiptracer
- Eric Stonestreet as Big Chuck
- Ellie Kemper as Flo
- Jonathan Banks as Paolo
- Ben Falcone as Tony/Motel Desk Clerk
- Satara Silver as Cosmetics Sales Clerk
The film was first conceived as a project with two male leads, but that changed when Bateman saw McCarthy in Bridesmaids and pushed for her to star alongside him. Jerry Eeten wrote an early draft and later finished by Craig Mazin, with a final rewrite by Seth Gordon. In January 2012, Gordon had been announced as the director of the film and Scott Stuber was announced to produce the film through his Stuber Pictures banner alongside Bateman and Peter Morgan for DumbDumb. In April 2012, John Cho, Clark Duke and Amanda Peet joined the cast. In May 2012, Jon Favreau and Morris Chestnut also joined the cast.
Some filming took place in Atlanta at the 191 Peachtree Tower, around May 2012. Scenes were also filmed on Peachtree Street in Midtown Atlanta, at The Colonnade restaurant on Cheshire Bridge Road in Morningside, and at Perimeter Mall. Scenes from the film were also shot at Salon 2000 in Ansley Mall.
|Actor Comedy||Jason Bateman||Nominated|
|Actress Comedy||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
|Best Villain||Melissa McCarthy||Nominated|
In March 2012, a release date of May 10, 2013 was announced. In June 2012, the release date changed to February 8, 2013.
The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. It holds a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 155 reviews. The site's consensus is: "Identity Thief's few laughs are attributable to Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman, who labor mightily to create a framework for the movie's undisciplined plotline". At Metacritic, the film has a score of 35%, indicating "generally unfavorable" reviews.
In his negative review. Rex Reed controversially made several references to Melissa McCarthy's weight, referring to her as "tractor-sized", "humongous", "obese", and a "hippo". Film critic Richard Roeper said, "This just smacks of mean-spirited name-calling in lieu of genuine criticism." On Twitter, Paul Feig, who directed McCarthy in Bridesmaids and The Heat, wrote, "I cordially invite Mr. Rex Reed to go fuck himself." The review was referenced at the 85th Academy Awards on February 24, 2013 by the host, Seth MacFarlane, who joked that Reed would review Adele for singing "Skyfall" at the ceremony. In a column for The Huffington Post, Candy Spelling likened Reed's review to bullying.
Identity Thief opened at #1 at the box office with US$34.5 million in its first weekend. The film held the #2 spot in its second weekend, grossing US$27,456,470 and only dropping 20.5%. It reclaimed the #1 spot in its third week opening.
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