Identity Thief Sunday, 22 September 2019

Identity Thief

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sexual references and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    A bad case of stolen identity.

  • Starring:

    Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, TI, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick, Jonathan Banks, Eric Stonestreet

  • Directed by:

    Seth Gordon

  • Running time:

    112 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Doors get kicked in. Car chases with lots of shooting. People are shot in the head, legs, feet. Two people are thrown into the boot of a car. Slashed tyres. Dangerous driving. Vehicle collisions, rollovers. Things get smashed. A woman is hit by a car. Fist-fights, punching, hair-pulling, slapping, objects thrown. A woman is tasered. Aggressive behaviour, yelling, grievous bodily harm. Vehicle theft. Death threats. A man is restrained with duct-tape. A man and an animal are set alight. Accidental mutilation of genitalia (discussed). Spousal death (discussed). Drink-driving, killing (discussed). A woman is dragged from a car and kidnapped. Blood/gore: Bloody face, head, nose, bandage. Scratches, bruising. Blood splatter on broken glass. Snakebite wound.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Simulated sex and sexual acts plus implied sexual activity (intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, masturbation, S&M). One-night stand. Loud sex noises, groans and animal noises are heard. Sexual fantasies are discussed. Fingering (mentioned). Kissing. A man massages a woman's cramped thigh and bum. Nudity: A man is seen half-naked on a bed. Men are seen in their underwear. Naked, hairy bum.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs, drug busts, drug dealing, drug trafficking and drug offences are frequently discussed. Prescription anxiety pills (Xanax) are seen and discussed. Drink-spiking. Alcohol (beer, wine, champagne, spirits, shots). Drinking games, drunken behaviour.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, slang words for genitalia. Frequent derogatory slang, name-calling and insults (cultural, racial, sexual, weight and misogynist), prejudice comments (anti-gay, anti-foreigner, anti-black). Religious exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    Identity theft, fraud, corruption, bribery, aggressive behaviour, mistaken identity, greed, corporate crime, sexual deviance, bounty hunting, buying friendship, extravagance, foster care, financial problems, drug dealing, compulsive lying, voyeurism, kidnapping, prejudice, identity crisis.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Texting while driving. Prison setting. Woodland setting at night. Snakes, snake-bite, animal cruelty, bird, butterfly, cows, farm animals. Vomiting. Dribble. Brief Spanish language dialogue has no subtitles. Sweeping aerials over cityscapes and river. Bear-hunting (mentioned). Baby-back ribs eaten. Fingernails scratch down a brick wall. Campfire. Psychic ability (mentioned). Full moon. Deceased wife, dead hobo (mentioned). Myalgia (mentioned).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Some genuinely funny moments. Melissa McCarthy steals the show.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Excessively and unnecessarily vulgar. Obnoxious. Predictable. Clichéd.

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