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Film review

Here’s a bad situation in desperate need of good comedy

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy star in the comedy “Identity Thief.”
Photographer: Gay D’Alema/Universal Pictures
Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy star in the comedy “Identity Thief.”
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Debilitatingly witless, “Identity Thief” strands Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman on the shoulder of its own road-trip premise, an artificial construct reminiscent of “Due Date.” Remember “Due Date,” that sour thing with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis? Neither do Downey and Galifianakis.

The screenwriter of “Identity Thief,” Craig Mazin, gave us “The Hangover Part II.” All these pictures belong to the same realm of exhausted, mean-spirited comedy, pushing casually sadistic mayhem in the ...

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