Review: Melissa McCarthy steals 'Identity Thief'

Comic powerhouse Melissa McCarthy proves to be a handful for Jason Bateman in "Identity Thief."

Story highlights

  • Melissa McCarthy steals the identity of Jason Bateman's character
  • The actress scored a major hit in 2011 comedy "Bridesmaids"
  • McCarthy gives "Identity Thief" a comic edge, reviewer says
Melissa McCarthy didn't quite come out of nowhere.
The actress did seven years of "Gilmore Girls," headlined "Mike & Molly" for CBS and played three roles in screenwriter John August's ingenious first feature as director, "The Nines." But her supporting turn in "Bridesmaids" was a revelation, a powerhouse