Crime Comedy: Identity Thief

Identity Thief

Being from the banking industry, I was easily intrigued. As it turns out, the movie is true to its title. Jason Bateman as Sandy Patterson gets his identity stolen by Melissa McCarthy, also Sandy Patterson.

You just feel the frustration from Jason Bateman because he is one of those people who try to earn a living to raise his family. And it’s just unfair for someone who lives so frugally to have his identity stolen by another who has no regard for the financial consequences of their actions.  It cost him his job and his reputation.

However, there are some missed connections in the movie. In what parallel universe would the thief go with the original person just so she could clear things out? After so many times of fraud, she could very well just move out and transfer to another city and commit another fraud. Also, who do these bounty hunters work for? Who is this Paolo (the one in jail) and what is his connection to Diana? I just don’t think mindsets will be changed in the course of a trip from Winter Park to Denver. I wouldn’t.

It is a bit heartwarming and tackles the issue of identity theft on a lighter note. However, it does provide a sense of confusion to me as how to Sandy was able to convince Diana to go with her. And as to why the bureaucracy screws up everybody. Instead of dealing with the whole situation because they have they have evidence and facts, the Denver PD still had to rely on the other PDs to solve the other cases in their own geographical areas. Isn’t that a bit absurd and disappointing? Anyway, I don’t really know how the police system of USA works.

The movie is nice and it does provide real, but funny, information on identity theft and how easy it is to commit such fraud. Also, it makes you realize that you might have to do the things you don’t want to do in order for you to achieve your goals. Would the end justify the means? Maybe, maybe not. It depends on your views of morality and fairness. In this case, it was an act of desperation. And everything – his job, his family, is on the line. We knew his priorities but do we accept his ways?

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