‘Identity Thief’ Trailer: Melissa McCarthy Steals Jason Batemen’s Idenity

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:25 pm,

Identity theft is serious business. According to FTC estimates, as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year. It can lead to irreparable damage to your credit, hurt you when you’re applying for jobs or loans, and cause immense emotional and psychological distress. And if your identity is stolen by Melissa McCarthy, it can also lead to getting punched in the throat.

At least that’s what we’re led to believe based on the first trailer for the new film, Identity Thief. The movie stars McCarthy as a trashy con artist and Jason Bateman as her hapless victim who decides that he’s going to bring her down.

Originally, the role that McCarthy is playing was written for a male, but Bateman insisted that the part be changed after he saw McCarthy’s breakout role in the blockbuster comedy Bridesmaids. Based on the above trailer, the move seems to have paid off.

Fans of Bridesmaids know that McCarthy is a spitfire of an actress and nobody does deadpan better than Jason Bateman, which is why they work together so wonderfully. While McCarthy’s frizzy-haired crook may look like a hobbit (as Bateman’s character describes her), it’s clear that she’s not going to give up her ill-gotten gains easily and that should lead to quite a fun and funny roadtrip comedy.

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Identity Thief, which was formerly titled ID Theft, is directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) and was written by Steve Conrad (The Pursuit of Happyness) with subsequent rewrites by Craig Mazin (Hangover 2, Hangover 3). In addition to McCarthy and Bateman, Identity Thief stars Amanda Peet, John Cho, Eric Stonestreet and Jon Favreau.

Check out two new character posters for the film below:


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And here’s Identity Thief‘s official summary:

Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (Melissa McCarthy) to live it up near Miami, buying whatever strikes her fancy. There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using belongs to “Sandy Bigelow Patterson” and that’s an accounts rep (Bateman) who lives halfway across the U.S. With only one week to hunt down the con artist before his world implodes, the real Sandy Bigelow Patterson heads south to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, he will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.

In addition to Identity Thief, Jason Bateman has been keeping busy with the highly-anticipated fourth season of the formerly canceled TV show Arrested Development. McCarthy, whose star has risen exponentially since Bridesmaids, can be seen in the upcoming Judd Apatow comedy This Is 40 and is also slated to star alongside Sandra Bullock in an as-yet-unnamed buddy cop comedy.

Identity Thief hits theaters February 8th, 2013.

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  1. lol @ “goin after Bilbo”… Bateman is PURE GOLD but he needs to be used the right way. This looks funny.

    • That was the most concise, diplomatic response to a trailer I’ve ever read. Kudos to you, ma’am(?).

    • Did I miss something in Extract? I thought it was pretty awful and unfuny… I only like the affleck and his “johnny horsecock” line at the end…

    • What they said.

  2. Jason Bateman improves anything but roughly 42%. Scientists have proved this. It’s just been kept quite as I suspect ignorant people would suggest such a study is a waste of money. Those in the know know better.

    • *by roughly 42%. Screen Rant, I love ya’, think you all do a cracking job and visit the site every day without fail. But I beg of you. The world is crying out for an edit button.

      • Amen to that…CAN WE GET AN EDIT BUTTON!

      • So, you just created the Bateman Equation?

  3. I saw this movie a few weeks ago at a screening at the Sony Studios here in LA. Was a very funny movie. Melissa and Jason were great in this film(Eric Stonestreet is in it briefly but he probably had the most memorable stuff). Jason plays kinda the same reserve, down to earth family man guy he always seems to play in every film, but he does it well. Very enjoyable movie. Even got to meet Jason after the screening, he’s a very cool guy. Some things definetly need to be taken out of the movie and parts need to to trimmed here and there but overall i thought it was very funny.

  4. Looks pretty hilarious. Good odd couple pair up.

  5. I like Bateman and I like McCarthy but this looks awful.

    First off, Bateman’s character seems like the kind of guy who has Hurricane insurance. A guy who always plays it safe. So how could his card be stolen like that? As soon as unusual spending started, his card shouldve been deactivated and himself notified. I’m a college student with the most basic of card plans, and even i have to go through a three step verification process every time i want to use my card. The card would be deactivated and he gets his money back. McCarthy would then have an arrest warrant issued for credit fraud, a minor charge but still, a cop should be able to finder easier than Bateman.

    The jokes like tired and predictable and i dont really care for the whole blue-collar/white-collar comedy mix.

    I’ll pass

  6. For the sake of civilization, lets hope Identity Theft doesn’t take a page out of Melissa’s co-star Sandra Bullock’s All About Steve handbook

  7. This movie looks pretty funny, especially because I think it’s a great mix between Jason Bateman who plays the straight-faced guy in comedies so well, and Melissa McCarthy and her bombastic on-screen persona.

    Also, loved that they used N*E*R*D’s “Lapdance” in the trailer, hope it’s in the movie, too.

  8. What idiot thinks identity theft is funny and should be glorified by making a humorous movie about it? Let’s have some real laugh riot movies such as:

    1. A hysterical film about lynching black people.

    2. A film showing the lighter side of child molesting

    3. A fun look at the hilarious hijinks of a serial rapist.

    4. And last but not least, an entertaining story about two goofy high school kids and all the funny misadventures they have while shooting classmates at school.

    Is identity theft in the same category? Just ask any victim. And remember that the thief will probably never be caught. And also think about this: your bank, credit card company, DMV, etc., help identity thieves by being careless with your personal information. Freedom of information is fine but it’s gotten out of hand. Did you know that the expiration date of your home insurance policy is public information, or at least the info is for sale?

    I’d sure love to see the moron who made this film in a room for five minutes alone with me and a baseball bat, or iron pipe, or hatchet, or whatever I’m in the mood for. Kill all identity thieves!!

    • I’m so glad to see at that there is one intelligent person in the world. As a victim of identity theft not once but TWICE, I almost vomited when I first saw the trailer for this film. The actors who participated in celebrating identity theft should have their future films boycotted. Maybe McCarthy or Batemen will have their identities stolen soon. I expect to see youtube videos of them laughing about it. Morons.

  9. Loved the movie. Melissa McCarthy was a riot. If you want a good laugh, run don’t walk to see this movie.

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