Imagine somebody stole your identity. You now both share a name, date of birth, social security number, and bank account. This is what happened to Sandy Patterson, an average hard-working businessman, when Diana, an innocent-looking criminal mastermind, pretended to be him by stealing his identity.
When police refused to help Sandy track down and stop whoever was stealing his identity, he took matters into his own hands.
This movie is a hilarious comedy based around Sandy trying to convince Diana to give him his life back.
Jason Bateman was a great fit for the role of Sandy Patterson. He acted as the shy guy who always behaves very well. He had the look and the personality to mold perfectly into the role he was cast.
Even though Bateman was great, Melissa McCarthy played the role of Diana flawlessly. McCarthy, Mike and Molly star, had me laughing the entire movie. Her character was definitely the star of the show. Her innocent and benevolent look made her actual personality and criminal lifestyle a shock.
It was a little bit boring in parts however; they reused a lot of humor in several parts of the movie. The personalities of the characters also got a bit predictable.
Diana was always going to get Sandy in trouble. Whether it be stealing, running from cops, or trying to avoid her bosses, Diana always put Sandy in a position he wasn’t quite comfortable with. This is what made the humor predictable — Diana would always drag Sandy with her when she made bad decision, he would object, and a humorous argument would start between the two.
The dysfunctionality of these two characters set them up for a lot of arguing and a lot of insulting each other. They both have very opposite personalities, but in this case, it makes for a funny and somehow practical relationship.
The banter between the two was sometimes insulting, but in a friendly way. Sandy would tease Diana about being a criminal, and in turn, she would tease him about being a goody two-shoes.
These two personalities worked perfectly to create a unique and hysterical comedy. Sandy’s journey to get his own identity back turned out to be a lot more than he bargained for.