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Never has there been a performance more overrated than that of Melissa Mcarthy in Bridesmaids. Now, we get another performance from her that shows people only care about you if you're fat.
Identity Thief stars Jason Bateman as a guy who has his identity stolen, so he has to track down the chick who stole it, played by Melissa Mcarthy and then we get a road trip movie that's completely pointless. When I say road trip movie, I don't mean a road trip movie that's fresh and original. I mean a road trip movie that tries to hard to be the next Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
The first thing I have to say is about Melissa Mcarthy. Her character annoyed me throughout the entire film. Granted, she's not Jar Jar Binks, but that doesn't say much to benefit her. Her humor in this movie is just too forced to be considered funny. The people involved in making this movie were basically just like, "Melissa Mcarthy got nominated for an Oscar in Bridesmaids and everyone loves her. Let's do whatever necessary to get her to be funny in this movie." I promise you that if Mcarthy wasn't fat, nobody would give a shit about her. Jason Bateman was good in his role, he was kind of funny in some scenes, but if it wasn't Bateman, I probably wouldn't have found his character as likable.
With the whole road trip premise going on, I could tell this would end up like last year's The Guilt Trip. The jokes would be stale and it would try to hard to be like other classic comedies with the same plot. Identity Thief is a success when it comes to telling jokes that fall flat. There were partd spread throughout the movie where I laughed, but the laughs weren't consistent. I found myself chuckling more than I was laughing. Even worse, I found myself silent more than I was chuckling. It doesn't help that a lot of the jokes are really lazy. There'll be a joke where someone gets hit in the head with a large object and it's suppose to be funny but it's not. It's just a cheap way to try and force some laughs out of the audience.
Another bad thing this movie has going is that it's inconsistent as hell. There are scenes that are full of stuff that's comedic and goofy, but then like a minute later, the scene switches to emotional and it doesn't flow well at all. They might as well tell an insensitive Holocaust joke, then remind a character of the day their favorite puppy died.
Identity Thief ends up being another cheap knockoff of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. There are a few laughs here and there and Jason Bateman's character is likable enough, but Melissa Mcarthy's character is forced and annoying, the jokes are stale and predictable, the bonding between Bateman and Mcarthy is really forced and not believable at all and the movie just doesn't offer anything new for the road trip genre and it makes me hate Melissa Mcarthy even more than I already did.