Given the fact that Identity Thief stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, it wasn’t all that much of a surprise that its first trailer was full of laughs. But what kind of came out of nowhere was how many cars got crashed in it and how much serious physical trauma Bateman and McCarthy endured during just two minutes of footage. It got to the point where it started to look like they were starring in an action movie.
The second trailer that just got released for the film doesn’t do anything to contradict that notion either. As a matter of fact, it gives us another scene where McCarthy gets hit by a car, and one where she gets her head smacked against a passenger seat window; and that’s in addition to the part where Bateman hits her with an acoustic guitar. Is it possible that this year’s rekindling of the Three Stooges franchise was so inspiring to people that it’s going to usher in a full-on slapstick revival in comedy?
Well, probably not, but watching McCarthy get physical with her comedy is definitely a good time. In addition to the new over-the-top violence, there’s a bit more plot in this new trailer as well. And that stuff, well, it looks pretty ridiculous. Characters this silly getting involved with some sort of drug cartel? Really? Doesn’t that seem like a recipe for disaster?
I suppose if anybody is going to be able to mix broad comedy with serious criminals who pose a serious threat, these two actors are a good bet. Check the trailer out for yourself and decide what sort of chance you think they have.
Identity Thief is set to be released on February 8th.