Starring: Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy
Directed by: Seth Gordon
Written By: Craig Mazin
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 52 min
The opening shot in this film has Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman) gladly handing over his social security number to a complete stranger. This man works as his companies in-house account manager. He deals with finance every day, and has the authority to cut large checks for company executives, which requires some attention to security of course. Yet the entire catalyst that starts this stupid story requires a man like this to succumb to an obvious attempt at identity theft. So what I’m saying is this movie is stupid and exists in a completely implausible universe. Where police can’t track down a criminals across state lines. Where the police are okay with a civilian driving to another state to apprehend an identity thief. None of it makes any logical sense and despite the talents of its leads, this film just doesn’t work.
Suspend disbelief. If you enjoy Jason Bateman and/or Melissa McCarthy then just go into this knowing the plot makes no sense, and you might enjoy it.
Best viewing format:
No large screen required for this. DVD will do.
Worst moment for me: << mild spoiler >>
Diana (Melissa McCarthy) has just been in a traffic accident and Sandy leaves his car on the nearby road to run over an help. Just when they’re both so grateful that his car is ok, a huge truck crashes into his car completely destroying it. Wow, who didn’t see that joke coming a mile away, and why wouldn’t the truck driver see the car? Why would you even leave the car in the center of the road? Did I say this film was stupid?