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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 0

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Watch the trailer, if you must, but spare yourself the full experience: Identity Thief steals time.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    With Melissa McCarthy playing a one-woman demolition team who, for 95 percent of the running time, is a genuine affront to nature, there are unavoidably some laughs here, although the gifted comic actor got more of them in less screen time in her previous films than she does in this starring role.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Preposterous, goofy and a clear ripoff of “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” Identity still manages to make off with just enough laughs to work, thanks to the wondrous McCarthy, one of the few actresses in Hollywood allowed to showcase her wit and charisma as much as her physique.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The fault, I think, isn't in our stars but in the script, running up a huge comedy tab the likable players can't pay off.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Forgiveness, empathy, and trust go a long way toward smoothing rough edges and bridging huge differences. And it's important to be confident and stand up for yourself. Also: Love and family mean more than stuff. That said, sometimes characters resort to violence to get out of a problematic situation.

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    Role models: Sandy is kind and caring, even to people who've done him wrong. He's able to empathize with his tormentor -- but he still wants the wrongs righted. Diana is lonely and troubled, though she does come to understand that her actions have repercussions. On the other hand, there are some mean-spirited jokes at others' expense.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Cars crash into each other; characters shoot point blank at each other; a woman punches men in the throat time and again. Also wrestling, hair pulling, etc. And characters create as much mayhem as possible to get out of any pickle they're in. Most of this is done with a light underlying tone, however, as the movie is a comedy.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A woman flirts with a man at a bar, gets drunk with him, and then sleeps with him. Viewers don't see them in naked, but we do see their faces during the lengthy and over-the-top sequence. Lots of double entendres and some lewd/aggressive come-ons.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent use of a wide variety of swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "c--k," "bitch," "goddammit," "a--hole," "screw," "ass," "hell," "crap," "damn," "oh my God," and more.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Lots of name-dropping and label-flashing, including Adidas, Quicken, Fiat, Mini Cooper, Century 21, L'Occitane, Dodge, Lifelock, Hemlock, and more. One character drowns her sorrows with endless shopping.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: People get drunk on tequila shots at bars. Characters act out/are belligerent when they're drunk. A hook-up takes place between two drunk characters. Also wine-drinking at restaurants and other functions, mention of Xanax use, and the like.