August 30, 2013

Identity Thief (2013)

Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy

There are certain actors in Hollywood who seem to play the same part over and over again. I have recently stated that Denzel Washington and Paul Rudd are two such actors. While some may disagree with my assessment of those two, the fact that Jason Bateman is one of those actors is not debatable. I mean, I get it. With a face like that, and a haircut like that, it's sort of inevitable that he plays some version of a boring, Type-A accountant in every movie. He's so believable in the part I'm starting to think that's what he's like in real life. (Kinda how I think Jennifer Aniston must be really whiny and high maintenance real life, which would explain all those Us Weekly covers that used to say things like 'Why Jen Can't Keep a Man.')

So, moving onto the plot of the movie - it's stupid. I really don't know how else to delicately phrase it. It's also not funny, which is kind of a must for a comedy. Of course, I didn't like A Fish Called Wanda, I didn't like Planes, Trains and Automobiles, and I didn't like Meet the Parents, so I guess it's not surprising that I didn't like this movie either. I just don't find it funny when everything goes wrong for someone who doesn't deserve it. Oh, your life is being ruined? And it just keeps getting worse? Ha...ha?

At the end of the day, this movie is predictable, cliché, and tries to generate a fair portion of its jokes from making Melissa McCarthy look like a gross fat person. Apparently Hollywood hasn't learned from Shallow Hal that just making fun of fat people isn't really a movie plot. At least Jack Black isn't in this.

Final word: I laughed exactly once. In 111 minutes.

Don't believe me? Go ahead, waste your money...
Identity Thief (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet)

1 comment:

  1. FYI, Justin laughed so hard he almost cried... so there's that. See you tomorrow.