Identity Thief – Channel 4

A mostly funny comedy, thanks to Melissa McCarthy

A mostly funny comedy, thanks to Melissa McCarthy.

She fires on all cylinders as a slippery thief who steals the identity of Jason Bateman’s mild-mannered accountant, Sandy Patterson.

Then, with his credit rating ruined and his job at risk, he sets off to collar the culprit and haul her back to Denver. Of course, the fake Sandy proves more slippery than a bucket of eels.

Some of the jokes veer off course and it does all get a bit sappily redemptive and sentimental at the end, but the comic friction between the chalk-and-cheese duo works spendidly.