Identity Thief (15) **

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.
Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy.
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Seth Gordon’s brash comedy, a smash hit on the other side of the Atlantic, pits a kind-hearted family man (Jason Bateman) against the feisty con woman (Bridesmaids scene-stealer Melissa McCarthy) who has pilfered his personal details.

Identity Thief relies heavily on the razor-sharp comic timing of the two leads, casting Bateman as the beleaguered straight man to McCarthy’s whirlwind extrovert.

Sandy Bigelow Patterson (Bateman) is a mild-mannered accounts clerk who lives in with his wife Trish (Amanda Peet) and their two young daughters, Franny (Mary-Charles Jones) and Jessie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones).

Domestic bliss is shattered when Sandy learns that a shopaholic called Diana (McCarthy) has stolen his identity and run up huge bills on his credit cards.

Standing on the brink of financial ruin, Sandy resolves to hunt down Diana and drag her back to Denver to own up to her crimes.