Bob Mahoney
May 20, 2013 at 04:00 PM EDT

Identity Thief

Current Status
In Season
107 minutes
Wide Release Date
Jason Bateman, Melissa McCarthy
Seth Gordon
Universal Pictures

It’s difficult to imagine Identity Thief, this year’s biggest comedy, without Melissa McCarthy. But when Jason Bateman and director Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses) were originally planning their buddy-road movie with its nods to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles and Midnight Run, the Oscar-nominated actress wasn’t part of the picture. In fact, her felonious character who steals people’s identities and maxes out their credit limits wasn’t even a she — it was a he. Then came Bridesmaids, which opened Hollywood’s eyes to a new brand of bawdy female comedy that was the perfect match for Gordon’s R-rated comedy. With McCarthy playing the outrageous, unpredictable crook and Bateman playing the perfect trusted, beleaguered neighbor who could live in your cul-de-sac, Identity Thief scored $133 million at the box office, making it the biggest February opening since Hitch.

Makes you wonder… what were the boys thinking in the first place? I think I speak for everyone, Melissa, when I say, “I visually enjoy you.”

Identity Thief can be downloaded digitally beginning tomorrow, and an Unrated Blu-ray is set for release on June 4. Check out an exclusive video clip that discusses how McCarthy changed everything.

The Blu-ray includes:

  • The Making of Identity Thief
  • Scene Stealing: Capturing the Humor of Identity Thief
  • The Skiptracer’s Van — Robert Patrick and his character’s home on the road
  • Alternate Takes
  • Gag Reel

Check out some other clips, including one that discusses the tao of Jason Bateman, Jon Favreau as another horrible boss, and the movie’s trailer.

Read more:

Box office” ‘Identity Thief’ tops ‘Bridesmaids’

Melissa McCarthy talks casting Susan Sarandon in ‘Tammy’

EW preview: ‘The Heat’

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