Movie Madness: The Heat and Identity Thief

The Heat
Identity Thief

Recently, I watched a couple of movies with my husband via Pay-Per_view and a subscription channel’s on demand option.  Melissa McCarthy was in both. She is really a beautiful woman.

Before I tell you what I think of the movies and all their attendant stuff here’s a bit about them:



Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy



Uptight FBI Special Agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) and foul-mouthed Boston cop Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) couldn’t be more incompatible. But when they join forces to bring down a ruthless drug lord, they become the last thing anyone expected: buddies. From Paul Feig, director of “Bridesmaids.” (YouTube at

Identity Thief

Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman,  Amanda Peet


Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”….and it belongs to an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life. And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back. — (C) Official Site Rotten Tomatoes


My Take!

I had heard from several friends that THE HEAT was really funny and that my husband and I should watch it.  We did, last night.  He found the humor, similar to that of BRIDESMAIDS moderately funny. I laughed some but actually found it hard to sit through without wanting to read. We watched IDENTITY THIEF on the Saturday before last.

THE HEAT is a Police Partner/Buddy movie. While not entirely predictable you do know what is most likely to happen. The acting was terribly uneven, there were a lot of gratuitous scenes to show that Sandra Bullock’s character was socially dysfunctional. McCarthy’s character was extreme, as all her characters seem to be. I find she has one groove to get laughs; that of obtuse, inappropriate, often sudden, behavior sometime incongruous to her appearance. The characters in both IDENTITY THIEF and THE HEAT are outrageous to accomplish a task, single minded, and rude.   It’s often very funny, she has great timing, but I think it’s a schtick.  Melissa’s character in THE HEAT, was slightly less kind than her character in BRIDESMAIDS but felt very much the same.

In IDENTITY THIEF, again she uses the same groove to act. In IDENTITY THIEF the character’s sociopathic personality is entirely self serving. But the physical behavior to get the laughs are the same.  It may be that she is just playing herself in slightly different circumstances: not so much how would the character behave in this circumstance, more the character is a stylized rendition achieved through McCarthy’s placing herself, or her basic acting persona in a situation. I enjoyed IDENTITY THIEF a little more than THE HEAT which I found gratuitously violent.  McCarthy’s character, Shannon’s family was actually the funniest thing.  The scenes around Boston reminded me, eerily, of last year’s chase for the Patriot’s Day, Boston Marathon bomber.

One issue that bugged me in THE HEAT was the abandonment of police procedure for strong arm tactics – a Machiavellian view. Procedures can get in the way, but they also protect our rights.

While I didn’t mind paying the Pay for View price for THE HEAT, I am glad I didn’t go to the movies for it. As part of the service I already pay for IDENTITY THIEF was not a total wash.