Episode 79: Identity Thief

19 Feb

Identity Thief

In this episode, Tyler and Josh discuss Seth Gordon’s Identity Thief and John Hughes’ Planes, Trains & Automobiles.

00:00:44- Intro,The Walking Dead, Westerns, The General, Best of Pictures
00:07:00- Will Gray
00:08:35- Identity Thief
01:03:30- Planes, Trains & Automobiles
01:28:25- Episode wrap-up

4 Responses to “Episode 79: Identity Thief”

  1. Bob K February 22, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Hey guys,

    Great episode as always.

    If you are interested in early Melissa McCarthy, I very strongly recommend a 2007 direct-to-dvd movie called _The Nines_, which stars her, Ryan Reynolds, Hope Davis, Octavia Spencer, Elle Fanning, and Ben Falcone. There’s A LOT of grist for an MTOL in there, either for or against (exactly why would be a spoiler).

    If you get the dvd, it also has a nifty short film starring her that could be considered a prequel, and is also MTOL-relevant, but absolutely should not be watched until you’ve watched the feature.

    Respected film critics (including AVClub’s Nathan Rabin & Tasha Robinson) have called it the best D2DVD film of all time, and I’ve seen nothing to gainsay that.

  2. Bob K February 22, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    A couple addenda:

    1. I thought there were some interesting parallels between Identity Thief and Bicycle Thief, in that both feature a struggling father who gets a good new job but can’t work because something is stolen from him, and his desperate attempts to get it back eventually (SPOILER) lead him to be caught committing the same crime that was committed on him.

    Of course, they let the dad off the hook in Identity Thief, which is too bad. Would probably have meant 80% less box office, but I bet Bateman would have killed at portraying shame of having to confront his kids while in custody for the crime.

    2. The closest I can come to a “funny rape” scene in a movie (not counting “funny misrepresented identity sex”, as in Revenge Of The Nerds, which I find disturbing in retrospect) is in Harry Potter 5 when the centaurs grab Umbridge and run off with her. She’s been so hateful and there’s been so much tension ratcheted up that it’s hard not to laugh. Of course, there’s nothing to prove she’s been raped, but given how dangerous and angry those centaurs are, and that they leave her alive, more than a few readers/viewers have drawn that conclusion.

  3. David B February 27, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    crazy to say but I can immediately recall three comedies that use rape as a joke. The first one is Dirty Work with Norm McDonald. Here’s a clip:


    and the second is at the end of Mall Rats, where the joke is in Ben Affleck being raped in prison

    The last one is in a movie called The Ten where Rob Corddry rapes someone in prison too.

    It seems like rape jokes are fine as long as its a man being raped and their raped in prison.

    And finally, on murder being funny. In Charlie Chaplin’s The Great Dictator, he shoots someone as a joke and someone jumps out a window to their death, both played for a laugh

  4. Davide March 6, 2013 at 12:35 am #

    Interesting episode, I never thought about how little annoying things are so important, but it makes sense and I really should try to be more patient (mostly in traffic, I’m doing a bit of progress when watching movies I like to think).

    As for the “Comedy” topic, I think the only jokes I can’t stand are malicious jokes against faith. Not jokes about Christianity in general, but like a Bill Maher or Ricky Gervais that clearly seem to hate Christians or what they stand for and then they make these remarks or jokes that are clearly malevolent and that I just can’t stand.

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