THEY SAY 90 percent of a movie is casting, and it's at least 99 percent of "Identity Thief."
This a flimsy road movie whose main achievement is to pair cinema's most adroit straight man with its biggest comedy wild card.
Jason Bateman is the former - stoic, unflappable, with the low-key verbal dexterity that makes him a peerless counter-puncher paired with zanier co-stars in movies such as "Horrible Bosses."
Here, he shares the screen with the volatile Melissa McCarthy, a rumbling volcano of out-there energy, the X-factor in movies such as "Bridesmaids" and recently released "This is 40."
The premise, in broad strokes, plays to their strengths. He's a by-the-book Denver accountant; she's the grifter who steals his Social Security number, builds an ID and credit empire in his name, and lives the high life in Florida.