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Identity Thief – Movie Review + Fibromyalgia

Have you seen this movie yet?

It is super awesome, and totally funny!  I definitely laughed out loud a bunch of times!  Someone once said a good comedy should get at least 5 belly laughs/laughs out loud!  I think this movie definitely met the quota!  I love Melissa McCarthy and see pretty much every movie she does!  The creepy thing is that her character’s name is both Julia and Diana!  That’s my and my sister’s names!  So it was pretty weird!  But in a funny way!  Ha!

This movie has laughs, a little suspense and some teary eyed heartfelt moments, so I guess that’s what they call a “feel good comedy!”

There was one thing that I wanted to discuss a little bit though.  Melissa McCarthy’s character, IMDb says her name is ‘Diana’ but she goes by like 100 names in the movie so I hardly know how to refer to her!  Anyway, she says she has Fibromyalgia.  The only thing is that when she describes the symptoms they’re not really accurate symptoms and she is more using it in her scams to get away with things, get out of things, or manipulate people in some form.  While I’m happy that this movie gets the name of the disease out there to hopefully spark more awareness, I’m not thrilled that it misrepresents it in so many ways.  Plus, if I really think about it, it’s kinda offensive, kinda like saying people with Fibro. use it to manipulate people or get out of things they don’t want to do.

I don’t know anyone with Fibromyalgia that hasn’t been accused of making it up, faking it, creating it all in their heads.  While that’s super fun to hear (ha!) it begs the question– how much do you really think of me if you think I’m going to make up/lie about being in so much pain that I cannot be an active member of society and/or create a fake disease just so I can manipulate you/get out of doing something I don’t really want to do…

People with Fibro, what do you think of the movie?

Have you ever been accused of faking it?  What did you do/say?

Have you seen this movie?  Do you love Melissa McCarthy as much as I do?!

-I’ve loved her since Gilmore Girls and wish they’d bring back Samantha Who?  I love Christina Applegate too!



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