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The picture sputters when its leads aren’t onscreen – the subplot featuring T.I. and Genesis Rodriguez is feeble – but such downtime is infrequent enough that momentum is never entirely lost. Additionally, the film would have been better off at 90 minutes instead of 110, but the scenes that are the most inessential to the plot provide some of the biggest laughs (see: Diana apologizing to Sandy’s wife).

The “gross-out-with-heart” comedy model may have been brought to the spotlight by Judd Apatow, but other filmmakers are starting to beat him at his own game. “Identity Thief” is a much more lucid moviegoing experience than the recent “This Is 40,” and it’s every bit as funny, if not more so. Even if you’re not a fan of McCarthy and Bateman, there’s likely something you’ll enjoy here, provided that your ears aren’t the sensitive kind.

Rating: ★★★ 1/2 out of ★★★★★ (Good)

-J. Olson

Full review: Identity Thief

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