1 1/2 stars
Debilitatingly witless, "Identity Thief" strands
The screenwriter of "Identity Thief,"
All McCarthy has to do is show up, and the audience likes her, even when the audience is supposed to hate her, or when "Identity Thief" treats her character -- a brazen
We're meant to see Diana, McCarthy's character, as a funny/sad victim of circumstance, whose suburban
Bateman's a seriously skillful actor. But with inferior material, his fallback line reading becomes the sardonic, too-cool-for-the-room underreaction, which isn't the same thing as "milquetoast." He has the air of a cynical but bored winner, a man fighting his own irritation with everyone around him. That's not quite right for the audience-identification figure at the center of "Identity Thief."
As in "Planes, Trains and Automobiles," the adversary we think we know at the outset (
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