Release year: 2013
Director: Seth Gordon
Screenwriter: Craig Mazin, Jerry Eeten
Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, T. I., Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick
Mild-mannered business man Sandy (Bateman) suddenly sees his credit card cut. Upon discovering his identity has been stolen by a woman in Florida, he decide to confront her (McCarthy) to get his life back.
Identity theft is a brilliant idea for a comedy. Casting the excellent and hilarious McCarthy (The Heat, 2013) is an even more brilliant idea! Instantly adding humour with her huge talent for physical comedy and ability to add heart to a story, McCarthy creates an at once, sad, likable as well as frustratingly annoying character with her identity stealing leading lady. Bateman (Horrible Bosses, 2011) is an excellent match for McCarthy, his nice-guy-from-next-door personality perfectly balances the larger-than-life attitude of his female co-star. Watching the two together is a joy, whether bickering over road music or running from frightening bounty hunters. The story is fun, the plot may be a tad thin, but terrific comic performances from especially McCarthy and Bateman adds depth to the story making it touching as well.
Originally, Melissa McCarthy’s role was written for a male. Jason Bateman insisted that the part be changed after he saw McCarthy in Bridesmaids (2011).