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  Identity Thief


Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy lead an all-star cast in this hilarious blockbuster hit about an accounts rep who has one week to clear his name after a con artist steals his identity.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
4 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Great stars can't rescue uneven, sometimes violent comedy.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Identity Thief is full of (comic) mayhem, with cars crunching into each other (sometimes on purpose) and characters shooting at each other, stealing from each other, and generally creating as much chaos as possible. The premise centers around a thief (Melissa McCarthy) who steals someone else's identity; he (Jason Bateman) then proceeds to try to get her to clear his name. In the process, they get embroiled in tons of hijinks, some of which are sexual in nature (though not with each other); there's simulated sex, but no nudity. Expect lots of innuendoes and plenty of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), plus some racist jokes, drinking (wine, hard liquor), and product placement.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Identity Thief's premise. How often does identity theft happen in real life? Discuss ways to stay safe on the Internet and how to protect your privacy and identity.
  • How is Identity Theft similar to, and different from, other heist/road movies? Does it add anything new to the genre?
  • Is the movie violent? How does the overall tone impact the scenes of car crashes, shooting, etc.?
  • Why does Diana do what she does? Is it excusable? Understandable? Or does the movie let her off the hook too easily?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 20
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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Has the kind of cast that makes audiences ask, "How bad could it be?" before proceeding to answer that very question.

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Thursday, February 7, 2013

Rotten: Considering that it starts out with two distinctive and likable stars and a reasonably promising premise, "Identity Thief" reaches impressive heights of laziness and idiocy.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Friday, February 8, 2013

Rotten: What a bummer.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Thursday, February 7, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

McCarthy shows some solid range in her role, but this comedy ultimately fails in it's ability to deliver memorable jokes and a fully engaging plot once the credits roll.

- fb100001048934982, Saturday, April 13, 2013

3 stars

three stars

- YodaMasterJedi, Friday, May 31, 2013

2 stars

A great concept that suffers from relying too much on running gags and having some unfortunate sub-plots that don't quite add up at the end.

- aSpaceCowboy, Sunday, April 14, 2013