Hollywood identifies an ‘Identity Thief’ starring Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy

While there isn’t much that is funny about identity theft, Universal Studios may have found a way to help us laugh at some of the most difficult situations we may find ourselves in, in there upcoming movie “Identity Thief.”   Here’s the official plot from Universal:

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.


Identity Thief is directed by Seth Gordin and starts Jason BatemanMelissa McCarthyAmanda PeetJon FavreauGenesis RodriguezJohn ChoClark DukeMorris Chestnut. Look for it in theaters February 8th, 2013.

This isn’t the first time Hollywood has identified someone good with the tools of identity theft.   In “Untraceable”  a cyber crimes FBI agent takes on a serial murder who is using technology to not only broadcast, but to block his information from investigators.  He also uses a “spoofcard”  to start making threats against the agent and her family.  SpoofCard allows a caller to disguise the telephone number they’re calling from, identifying information, and even their voice and gender. Callers may even record a message, to access at a later time, from any phone, to be connected to and played to the receiver.

Any awareness in the mainstream of identity theft is a good thing.  Hopefully with this movie, Hollywood will take some time to address the deep and profound impact identity theft has on victims, and maybe will even cause some would-be identity thieves to take up a more legitimate line of work.  Perhaps Hollywood won’t, and they’ll just sensationalize things, but one can always hope.