When Bridesmaids hit last summer, Melissa McCarthy was the hottest comedic actress in town. She had her pick of funny leading lady roles and when the smoke cleared, she picked Identify Thief. In the film, directed by Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses, The King of Kong), McCarthy play as a criminal who ends up in a battle of wills, and wallets, with the white collar man whose identity she steals, played by Jason Bateman.

Featuring supporting performances by Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet, the February 8, 2013 film just debuted its trailer. Check it out below.

Thanks to Yahoo Movies for the trailer.

Okay, I’ll admit it. I laughed at this trailer. McCarthy is just a riot and it’s obvious why she took this role. The character is wild, over the top and it looks like she’s having a blast. Sure, Jason Bateman is playing the Jason Bateman role, but who plays the Jason Bateman role better than Jason Bateman, am I right? All in all, a successful first look at the film. What to you think? Here’s the plot description:

Horrible Bosses’ Jason Bateman and Bridesmaids’ Melissa McCarthy lead the cast of Identity Thief, an all-star comedy in which a regular guy is forced to extreme measures to clear his name.  With everything to lose after his identity is stolen, he’ll find out how crazed you can get trying to settle a bad credit score.

Unlimited funds have allowed Diana (McCarthy) to live it up on the outskirts of Miami, where the queen of retail buys whatever strikes her fancy.  There’s only one glitch: The ID she’s using to finance these sprees reads “Sandy Bigelow Patterson”… and it belongs to 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 confront the woman with an all-access pass to his life.  And as he attempts to bribe, coax and wrangle her the 2,000 miles to Denver, one easy target will discover just how tough it is to get your name back.

Directed by Horrible Bosses’ Seth Gordon, Identity Thief is produced by Scott Stuber (Ted), Bateman and Pamela Abdy (upcoming 47 Ronin).  The comedy co-stars Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet.

 

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