Movie review: 'Identity Thief' false attempt at amusement

4:55 PM, Feb. 6, 2013
Jason Bateman goes on a 'Due Date' road trip with Melissa McCarthy in 'Identity Thief.'
Jason Bateman goes on a 'Due Date' road trip with Melissa McCarthy in 'Identity Thief.'
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Melissa McCarthy deserves better than a guitar to the face. She deserves better than getting hit by a car. She deserves better than puke gags and fat jokes. And she definitely deserves better than having her considerable comedic chops squandered in a movie as lazily slapped together as "Identity Thief."

Jason Bateman also deserves better than Sandy Patterson, a family man whose identity he discovers has been stolen when arrest warrants start closing in on him. The timing couldn't be worse, as his wife (Amanda Peet) is pregnant with their third child and he's just starting out in a ...

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