'Identity Thief' raked in big time at the box office due mostly to the comedic pairing of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy, and now the film is poised to hit shelves on DVD and Blu-ray this Tuesday, June 4. Well, guess what? We've got five, bridezilla-sized, Bateman-McCarthy-themed prize packs to shell out, including a copy of 'Identity Thief'!
With Hollywood focused on the Oscars, this was one of the dullest box office weekends in recent memory, with each of the new releases arriving with a shrug, last week's champions plummeting and 'Identity Thief' climbing back to the top of the chart.
'Identity Thief' has been in theaters for less than two weeks and it's already grossed $76 million at the box office, an enormous amount for a modestly budgeted comedy with a known but untested leading lady. Although critics haven't been as kind as audiences, $100 million is a sure thing at this point and we wouldn't rule out $150 million if March is kind to it. So of course Universal has already thought about an 'Identity Thief 2.' They probably thought about it two weeks ago.
Is Melissa McCarthy a movie star yet? The opening weekend of 'Identity Thief' suggests that yes, she is. After all, all of those people weren't flocking to this movie because of Jason Bateman (as delightful as he is). Anyway, all of this pretty much means that McCarthy's asking price just doubled.
Funny is, of course, subjective. I find Woody Allen funny but there are plenty of people who find him about as amusing as being slowly asphyxiated in plastic bags from CVS. Still, I'll hazard to guess that there is no one who will find Melissa McCarthy obnoxiously singing along to Kelis' not-at-all-current "Milkshake" funny. Especially when 'Identity Thief' - a new "comedy" with McCarthy and Jason Bateman - goes to quite successful lengths to make you HATE her character. And you just might wind up hating this movie too.
While we're waiting to see Jason Bateman star alongside his 'Arrested Development' castmates once again for the Netflix debut of the series' fourth season, he's got some Hobbit hunting to do. At least, that's what his character thinks lies ahead in the new 'Identity Thief' trailer, but what he gets is a not-so-Bilbo-like Melissa McCarthy who's ready to sock him in the face at a moment's notice.
Making comedy about a man whose credit line is ruined and is about to go to court for debt because of identity theft seems difficult. It's a nightmare scenario for anyone who's suffered it before. Hopefully Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy are enough to make 'Identity Thief' entertaining, and now we've got a trailer for the film.
The last time we saw Jon Favreau in the front of the camera was 'Iron Man 2,' a film he also directed. Favreau is returning to acting for someone besides himself for the upcoming Jason Bateman/Melissa McCarthy comedy 'Identity Thief.'