If the formula works, why break it? Jason Bateman has had a career resurgence playing the exasperated straight man starting with “Arrested Development” and taking that persona through a number films, while Melissa McCarthy has used her physique and personality to portray women who go right over the top. So what do you get when you put them both in a movie? “Identity Thief.”
The first trailer has dropped for the film, and while it’s not exactly gutbustingly hilarious, it delivers all the familiar things we’d expect from these two, with the over the top zaniness that comes from “Horrible Bosses” director Seth Gordon. The premise is pretty straightforward: mild-mannered, Colorado resident Sandy has his identity stolen by freewheeling Diana. With a week to set his credit record straight before his world falls apart, Sandy goes on a road trip to track her down and…well, you’ll see the results below.
As we’ve suggested, the pair are pretty enjoyable to watch but we’ll see if the movie around them holds up. But assisting in supporting roles is pretty solid roster including Jon Favreau, Amanda Peet, Tip “T.I.” Harris, Genesis Rodriguez, Morris Chestnut, John Cho, Robert Patrick and Eric Stonestreet. “Identity Thief” comes for your credit card on February 8, 2013.