New ‘Identity Thief’ Trailer: Melissa McCarthy Gets Jason Bateman in Big Trouble

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Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) directs the February comedy/crime flick Identity Thief, which teams up Jason Bateman (Arrested Development) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridemaids) as a very odd couple: a straight-laced businessman and the outrageous criminal who empties his bank account after stealing his identity.

The first Identity Thief trailer emphasizes the contrast between Bateman as the unwitting schmo and McCarthy’s cartoonish, frizzled-haired law-breaker. Today, we have a new theatrical promo that dives deeper into the plot and better accounts for the madness that ensues when these two people’s worlds collide.

All things considered, this new preview is an improvement on its predecessor. For starters, it provides an actual explanation as to why Bateman treks across the U.S. in order to capture McCarthy on his own. Moreover, introducing Genesis Rodriguez (Man on a Ledge, The Last Stand) – as a Latino crook (drug lord?) who wants McCarthy’s head – sets the stage for more than just a wash-rinse-and-repeat plot, where Bateman’s attempts to capture the latter are continually (and comically) foiled ad nauseum.

melissa mccarthy identity thief trailer New Identity Thief Trailer: Melissa McCarthy Gets Jason Bateman in Big Trouble

Melissa McCarthy in ‘Identity Thief’

Bateman and McCarthy seems like terrific matches for their respective Identity Thief roles, playing their knacks for deadpan delivery and raunchy slapstick off one another. That also goes for how Bateman’s Midwestern plainness is juxtaposed with McCarthy’s Floridian wildness – without being mean-spirited or over-obvious when it comes to emphasizing that culture clash, that is.

However, the problem is that screenwriter Craig Mazin has something of a track record, when it comes to crafting comedies that cannot sustain their high-concepts and end up repeating the same (unfunny) jokes over and over (see: Scary Movie 4, Superhero Movie, The Hangover Part II).

Then again, Gordon’s films tend to get by on the strengths of their main cast (see: Horrible Bosses vs. Four Christmases). Identity Thief might manage likewise.

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Identity Thief opens in theaters on February 8th, 2013.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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  1. Um, who’s Jason BATMAN?

    “Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) directs the February comedy/crime flick Identity Thief, which teams up Jason Batman (Arrested Development) and Melissa McCarthy (Bridemaids) as a very odd couple: a straight-laced businessman and the outrageous criminal who empties his bank account after stealing his identity.

    The first Identity Thief trailer emphasizes the contrast between Batman as the unwitting schmo and McCarthy’s cartoonish, frizzled-haired law-breaker. Today, we have a new theatrical promo that dives deeper into the plot and better accounts for the madness that ensues when these two people’s worlds collide.”

    • See: JeffnStacey’s response.

      On a more serious note, thanks for catching that.

  2. Looks pretty funny, but this will probably be a Redbox movie for me.

  3. Jason Batman…..haha! He’s the arch enemy of Paul Joker!

  4. Recently I noticed a lot of videos in Screenrants articles that require installed Quicktime. I still have no intention to download it. Aren’t there enough other possibilities that don’t require a certain software?

    • Same here. This seems to be a ‘recent’ thing as I don’t remember it happening until the last couple of months, but I’ve watched less videos on this site because of it.

    • The only time that should happen is when a trailer premieres on iTunes, so we have to use the Quicktime embed for a while. That is, until a non-watermarked trailer is released, at which point we swap it in (usually).

      Unfortunately, that’s just how it works, with regard to trailer premieres that are exclusive to Apple.