Identity Thief, the latest movie to capitalize on Melissa McCarthy's newly established box office bankability, opens this Friday. McCarthy, a favorite of anyone possessing eyes and a soul since her days as Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls, is finally getting the star turn we all knew she deserved. Hilariously funny, whip smart, and legitimately lovely in interviews, McCarthy's success is something to be celebrated. McCarthy being front and center is a boon for women everywhere; her extreme talent is helping normalize different bodies in popular media. I'd honestly buy tickets to watch her put on water wings and mow a lawn.
That said, I'm not sure if I'm going to see Identity Thief.
I don't know how down I am with a movie that, by all accounts, includes some hardcore jokes about McCarthy's weight. She's closer to an average-sized American woman than most people in popular media, and that's a very good thing. Seeing different body shapes makes us more comfortable with seeing different body sizes. However, since we're so accustomed to seeing size 2s everywhere, we don't even know what to do when we see someone bigger on screen. (HINT: we refer to them as Bilbo Baggins.)