She’s having the time of HIS life
Comedy/ Crime Run-time: 111 minutes
Restricted: Sexual content, crime and language
Director: Seth Gordon
Writers: Craig Mazin (screenplay), Jerry Eeten (story)
Stars: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Amanda Peet, Eric Stonestreet (Cam from Modern Family)
What it’s all about:
It’s very seldom that you will find a modern comedy that’s really funny and original from the first minute. For me, Identity Thief achieved this. It’s not a movie where bodies are switched, but rather that of a man and a sly woman with the same name, Sandy and the female is an identity thief.
For the real Sandy (played by Arrested Development’s Jason Bateman) the trouble starts when he gets a random call confirming his name and other personal information. Not suspecting anything, the father of two continues with his busy life until strange things happen. Suddenly a spa in another state is reminding him of his appointment and his credit cards are maxed out.
For Sandy, this is the beginning of a nightmare to fight for his identity and for the viewers it’s the start of a very entertaining movie! Meanwhile, the female Sandy (played by Mike & Molly’s Melissa McCarthy who does a brilliant job!) is living the good life with Sandy’s hard earned money.
Sandy has to put his whole life on hold and leave his wife, kids and job behind to literally bring the thief to justice. The result- hilarious and very entertaining!
With lots of twists and turns, things eventually turn out in a way we as viewers could never imagine. I must say that the actual movie poster and even the movie’s official trailer does not really give the reader a pure taste of the movie, but that’s just my opinion. It is MUCH better than it is marketed.
Also look out for Eric Stonestreet (Cam from Modern Family) making his appearance as the bearded and naughty Big Chuck.
While the movie is not entirely suitable for the whole family, it is a great movie for a Saturday night. I recommend it for a good laugh!
Funny Quotes from the movie:
Diana: I just want to be upfront and say I visually enjoy you.
Sandy Patterson: You’re diabolical.
Diana: Thank you.
Sandy Patterson: That’s not a compliment.
Diana: I know.
When Sandy stops for gas and see his card has been declined, he stops at pump 8. When he goes in to speak with the clerk, he says he is on pump 5 (IMdb)
When Sandy and Diana frantically jump in the car and drive away from the home invaders, the rear view background settings change inconsistently between shots as they’re driving and talking. (IMdb)
Movie Reviewed by: Eon Engelbrecht