BY: KENNA TRENT
If you were one of the many people who saw the movie Bridesmaids and thought, “Wow, this Melissa McCarthy chick is pretty funny,” then you are probably part of the crowd that made Identity Thief number one at the box office this weekend.
However, if you haven’t seen it yet, let me save you the trouble of venturing out to the movies.
The premise is pretty simple: Sandy (Jason Bateman) goes to Florida to catch his identity thief, Diana (McCarthy) in the act.
When he gets there, he finds that he’s not the only one hunting Diana and it may not be as easy as he thought to make it back home all in one piece.
If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably wondering what went so wrong with what seemed like a solid idea.
Don’t worry; it wasn’t Melissa McCarthy’s fault. She is still the America’s funny girl obsession and remains totally and hilariously committed to the wild physical comedy that has been dominated by her male counterparts. But, in the end, she can only do so much with what she’s given.
On the same note, blame cannot be laid on the myriad of other big names that popped up. In fact, I found it hard to believe so many celebrities were attached to such a lackluster film.
Jason Bateman, Robert Patrick and Jon Favreau all did their best to bring life to this sinking ship without success.
The real problem lies in the unfortunately slow pacing of what could be an otherwise fun movie.
The backstory of why Bateman has to find McCarthy takes forever to develop, and by time we see the two characters together, the idea is starting to get old.
Then, the road trip story starts and frequent breaks for other adventures only leave the audience bored and wondering where the conclusion is.
Not to mention the very out-of-place break when the story gets sentimental and ventures far away from the raucous comedy that started the whole thing.
While the finale is heartwarming, it comes too late for the audience who has become bored with the schizophrenic story. Perhaps this is to detract from the fact that the fate of the villains chasing our main characters is still unresolved.
Maybe they just didn’t have time to conclude another B-story; but, honestly, we don’t have the patience to wait for it to happen.
Ultimately, I’m sure as a new “it-girl” in Hollywood, McCarthy has been handed a new opportunity and exciting chance to play a leading lady (no matter how ridiculous that character may be).
But, not every opportunity is a good one and this one was definitely not a career maker. In order for her to remain relevant, the funny has got to be really funny or not at all. Otherwise, she could be the next Will Ferrell.
So, if you want to see the best of Identity Thief, just watch the preview again and spend your money on one of the Oscar’s best picture nominees still in theaters.