"Look at her, she's like a Hobbit," says Jason Bateman of Melissa McCarthy's character in the first trailer for Universal's upcoming comedy "Identity Thief." "I can handle her...I'm going after Bilbo."

Unfortunately for Bateman's foolhardy  would-be enforcer - a Denver man who decides to take matters into his own hands after his identity is stolen by McCarthy's seasoned criminal mastermind - the permed, purple eyeshadow-slathered "Hobbit" he speaks of isn't going down without a fight. And boy, does it get ugly.

McCarthy scores several major laughs in the hilarious new spot, which boasts a furious montage of kicking, car-crashing, throat-punching (twice!) and other general mayhem as Bateman's character attempts to bring the ferocious credit card-swiper to justice. Directed by Seth Gordon ("Horrible Bosses") and co-starring Amanda Peet, Jon Favreau, Morris Chestnut, Jon Cho, Genesis Rodriguez and T.I. (among others), the trailer is highly effective in establishing the film's simple premise before letting the head-cracking action-comedy hijinks fly.

But don't take my word for it - watch the trailer for yourself and then give it a letter grade at top left. My rating: A-.

"Identity Thief" hits theaters on February 8.

A former contributor to sites including MTV's The Backlot and Bloody-Disgusting, Chris Eggertsen worked in film development before indulging his love of pop culture writing full time. He specializes in horror, the intersection of social issues and entertainment and Howard Stern. He's on Twitter @HitFixChris.