Melissa McCarthy and Jason Bateman star in the new Identity Thief trailer

Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in Identity Thief

After BRIDESMAIDS came out, America couldn’t get enough of Melissa McCarthy.  She took advantage of the success and got her own sitcom (‘Mike and Molly’) and lined up a couple of comedies which she’s headlining.  The first of those is IDENTITY THIEF, in which she plays a woman that steals the identity of a man (Jason Bateman) and then has to avoid him when he comes to Florida after her.  Things get complicated when mobsters come after her as well.  The film is from the same team behind HORRIBLE BOSSES, which I thought was hilarious.  But this is a big movie for Melissa McCarthy and it will give us an idea as to whether or not she can carry her own film or if she’s better relegated to a supporting character, like she was in BRIDESMAIDS and in the upcoming THIS IS 40.

IDENTITY THIEF stars Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy, John Cho, Jon Favreau, Amanda Patrick, Eric Stonestreet, Morris Chestnut and Robert Patrick. The Seth Gordon directed comedy opens in theaters on February 8, 2013.  Check out the trailer below and see for yourself if Melissa McCarthy can carry her own film.

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