Although Winter Storm Nemo may have kept Northeastern audiences away from the opening night of “Identity Thief,” the movie took in $36.6 million in its first weekend.
The relatively inexpensive comedy ($35 million budget) directed by Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses,” “Four Christmases”), introduces Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman), a family-man with three children, a wife and a perfect track record.
Yet, when Patterson falls victim to Diana (Melissa McCarthy), a professional con woman, his life is turned upside down. Now with his family, career, finances and credit score on the line, Patterson chooses the only option that can save them all: taking the 2,000 mile journey from Colorado to Florida to find and catch Diana in the act himself.
This search for Patterson’s identity spawns an unlikely friendship.