In my final years in the public defender's office, identity theft became a factor for many clients wrongly accused of crimes. Someone would be arrested for a crime while possessing false identification in the client's name. After making bail, the criminals would disappear while a warrant was issued for the real person whose ID they had stolen.
I saw firsthand the devastation in the lives of these victims. On top of false criminal charges, the real criminal could destroy the victim financially by using their credit cards or taking out loans in the victim's name. It can take months or years to unravel the damage.
There is nothing funny about this horrific crime. So it's very hard to relate to the obtuse humor in the movie "Identity Thief." Melissa McCarthy of "Bridesmaids" fame does a great job in a thankless role as the thief who ruins people's lives just to go shopping. Jason Bateman is her latest victim bent on tracking her down to seek revenge.