Ever had your identity stolen? Bet you have. Somebody hijacking your email addresses is one form of it.
But hopefully you’ve never dealt with anything as extreme as what happens to mild-mannered Sandy Patterson in the new movie of that name, “Identity Theft.” It’s stealing laughs this week in theaters nationwide.
Perfectly cast is Jason Bateman (“Horrible Bosses”) as Sandy, the easy-going guy who is pushed to his limits by the woman charging things to his credit card as she makes her way across Florida at his expense.
And Melissa McCarthy (“Bridesmaids”) is this nemesis, an oversized crook named Diana — although she’s using his ID to pass herself off as Sandy. With unlimited funds at her disposal, she’s living it up on the outskirts of Miami, buying whatever strikes her fancy.
So with only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy heads south to confront the woman with “an all-access pass to his life.” And after attempting to coax and bribe her into giving him his name back, he has to get tough. But is this rotund grifter even tougher?
The clash between the victim and the woman using his credit cards is played for laughs. The fun is watching the worm turn, Bateman morphing from happy-go-lucky Denver businessman to an angry version of Dogg the Bounty Hunter.
One blogger described the movie as “a fast-paced, light-hearted laughfest. But that doesn’t mean it’s not going to be totally stupid.”
But it is funny.
Ironically, the original movie script was about two men. Melissa McCarty was an afterthought. You might say she stole the character’s identity.
My Top 10 Tennessee Williams movies
Thomas Lanier Williams III was born in Mississippi, but renamed himself “Tennessee” in honor of his father’s home state. After becoming an acclaimed playwright, Tennessee Williams won two Pulitzer Prizes. However, the film versions of his plays were of mixed success.
What are the Top Ten movies adapted from his works? Here are my picks:
10. “The Fugitive Kind” (19600 — Based on the play “Orpheus Descending,” Marlon Brando plays a drifter who stirs up emotions with a married woman and a small-town flirt. Anna Magnani and Joanne Woodward star as the hot-and-bothered women.
9. “Baby Doll” (1956) — Carol Baker in baby doll pajamas makes this story of a thumb-sucking teen bride sizzle.
8. “Suddenly Last Summer” (1959) — Incest, homosexuality, impotency and substance abuse; what more would you expect in a Tennessee Williams story? Well, how about cannibalism? Katherine Hepburn and Liz Taylor got Oscar nods for their roles. Montgomery Cliff is perfect as a tortured soul.
7. “This Property Is Condemned” (1966) — Robert Redford stars as the young railroad exec who falls for a Southern flirt played by Natalie Wood.
6. “Sweet Bird of Youth” (1962) — Paul Newman is great as a failed actor who comes home with trampy Geraldine Paige in tow.
5. “The Glass Menagerie” (1987) — Joanne Woodward as a fading Southern belle and John Malkovich as her son Tom react when Tom’s fragile sister has a gentleman caller.
4. “The Rose Tattoo” (1955) — An older woman grieving over her unfaithful husband’s death meets a new man. Ana Magnani won an Oscar for this role, written especially for her by Williams.
4. “Night of the Iguana” (1964) — Richard Burton is the defrocked priest who leads a tour bus to the Mexican resort run by Ava Gardner’s character. Repressed Deborah Kerr and nymphet Sue Lyon add to the sexual tension.
2. “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (1958) — In this tale of a dysfunctional Southern family, Paul Newman plays the sexually confused son of Big Daddy, married to lusty Liz Taylor. Newman, Taylor and the film were nominated for Oscars.
1. “A Street Car Named Desire” (1951) — Young Marlon Brando established both his acting creds and his animal magnetism when he yelled “Stella! Hey Stella!” Vivien Leigh gives an otherworldly performance as out-of-touch Blanche who depends on “the kindness of strangers.” And Williams received an Oscar nod for his screenplay.
What order would your list be in?