Poor Melissa McCarthy Deserves Better
Melissa McCarthy is a gifted, award winning comic actress who shines in good material.
But I couldn't get through all of Identity Thief, which squanders Melissa's talents by making her sink really low, and not in a fun way.
After the lady crapped in the sink in Bridesmaids, I guess Hollywood thought, "She'll do anything!"
So they have her playing a psycho who's violent and sex crazed and a food hog and will stoop at anything to try to get out a mess, thereby making the mess even bigger.
What they forgot is that her character in Bridesmaids was endearing and just happened to get the runs!
Here, she's playing a beast (with some obligatory I-had-a-rough-background stuff thrown in for sympathy's sake) and the parts I saw didn't play up to her talents.
Just because Melissa is plus-sized, they're sticking her in belligerent, out of control characters in an attempt to make her a female Chris Farley.
Let her breathe!
The fact that the movie is a hit could exacerbate the problem, since Melissa will now be pegged for this sort of thing for quite a while.
On another sad note, the Jason Bateman character is named Sandy, which is mentioned seemingly millions of times throughout the movie, and all I could think every time was, "The hurricane!"
Also, he lives in Denver and the police there are portrayed as lazy and lackadaisical, which made me think, "The Dark Knight killings!"
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