Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Review: This is about biographer Lee Israel, who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Estee Lauder and many more. She had fallen out of step with the marketplace so therefore she was unable to get published anymore. Soon she turned her art form to deception, helped by her loyal friend Jack. Her career leads her to commit literary fraud.
Director: Marielle Heller
Actors: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Gregory Korostishevsky, Jane Curtin, Stephen Spinella, Christian Navarro, Pun Bandhu, Erik LaRay Harvey, Brandon Scott Jones, Shae D’lyn, Rosal Colon, Anna Deavere Smith and Marc Evan Jackson
Year: 2018
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Crime and Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
Fantastic film!!!!!!!!!!!! This was a last minute signing for Richard E. Grant. I can’t imagine what the film could be like without him. His performance was so good that I personally think he should have got the Oscar Award. Maybe it will be one of those situations where people will look back and think he got the Oscar Award and people won’t remember who actually won it that year. It was originally going to be Chris O’Dowd to play that part and apparently Sam Rockwell. Ben Falcone, Melissa McCarthy’s husband, was working on this film before she was. It was her husband who recommended her her for lead when another actor dropped out. Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy are perfectly cast together. This shows Richard E. Grant’s character as an alcoholic however the actor is actually allergic to alcohol. This does have some similarities with Withnail and I (1987). It is great to see Melissa McCarthy in something where she has to act so seriously. Other films of her’s are Bridesmaids (2011) and Spy (2015). In the early stages of development Julianne Moore was attached but fired due to creative differences. The script was very well written with some funny elements in.


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