On February 5th, Rex Reed wrote a review of the movie “Identity Thief”, which stars Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. Though it’s a relatively short piece, he spends a lot of time, and I mean A LOT, referring to Melissa McCarthy’s size. (Click on the link to read the entire review.) Here are a list of his references to Ms. McCarthy:
1) “cacophonous, tractor-sized Melissa McCarthy”.
2) “screeching, humongous creep”.
3) “Mr. Bateman and his female hippo”.
4) “Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids) is a gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success”.
I’m not an expert, but I don’t think her body size or shape really contributes or detracts from a well-written or directed film (and according to Mr. Reed, this picture is neither one.) I’ve written about this before (see this blog entry from a few months back), so I’m sure all six of my readers know how I feel about this. I enjoy Ms. McCarthy’s work all over the place, and I think she is genuinely funny and talented. As Jon Stewart said on “The Daily Show” a couple of days ago, (and I’m paraphrasing) it’s nice to see such a good person work hard and achieve success.
So Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, scoot down on the bench and make room for another BFF around the Castle. I like this girl. I’d love to have a beer or coffee with her. I’d love to talk to her about her career and how her lack of conformity to the Hollywood norm has impacted her, if at all. I’d chat about husbands, kids, work, and how you balance it all without stabbing a fork into anyone or setting a record for most swear-words yelled in one breath (I’m looking at you, Casey the Incontinent Springer).
And, yes, I’ll say it. Rex Reed is a dick.
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