Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Melissa Mccarthy and Julie Ann Emery


Overview - This true story begins with frumpy Manhattan celebrity biography Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) as her luck begins to change. Her cat is unwell, her job has just been lost and she's received an eviction warning meaning that she needs to make some money, and fast. She turns her creative hand to forging letters from well-known writers to earn a living. It works, but after getting her best friend Jack (Richard E. Grant) to help her stave off the authorities, it seems this money-making deception is drawing glances from all the wrong places. Directed by Marielle Heller.

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Overview

This true story begins with frumpy Manhattan celebrity biography Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) as her luck begins to change. Her cat is unwell, her job has just been lost and she's received an eviction warning meaning that she needs to make some money, and fast. She turns her creative hand to forging letters from well-known writers to earn a living. It works, but after getting her best friend Jack (Richard E. Grant) to help her stave off the authorities, it seems this money-making deception is drawing glances from all the wrong places. Directed by Marielle Heller.

Main Cast & Crew

Marielle Heller - Director
Melissa McCarthy
Julie Ann Emery
Joanna Adler
Jennifer Westfeldt
Richard E. Grant
Jane Curtin
Christian Navarro
Dolly Wells
Shae D'lyn
Marc Evan Jackson

 
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  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 120
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543523130
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (language including some sexual references, and brief drug use)
  • Release Date: February 2019

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Reviews:
"McCarthy’s performance, which is paired with an equally rewarding turn by British actor Richard E. Grant, anchors this bizarre, compelling true story....This picture will remind viewers of McCarthy’s undeniable talents." - 09/01/2018 Hollywood Reporter


"[A]n unexpectedly profound, incredibly true dramedy....Dowdy, half-soused, and frowning for nearly the entire running time, McCarthy earns nearly as many laughs playing this curmudgeonly cat lady as she does in her more irrepressible comedic parts." - 09/02/2018 Variety


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "McCarthy makes a grouchy curmudgeon into a surprisingly sympathetic figure, throwing off her likable persona to play someone who is cold to those close to her, and mean to just about everyone else." - 09/10/2018 RogerEbert.com


"Partly because the movie is so splendidly and completely absorbed in its characters and their milieu, it communicates much more than a quirky appreciation for old books and odd readers." - 10/16/2018 New York Times


"[A] smart, bleakly comedic film....Starring Melissa McCarthy in a finely nuanced dramatic performance that is quite different from the comedic roles that made her famous..." - 10/16/2018 Los Angeles Times


"Key to McCarthy’s work here is the way she buries, but doesn’t suffocate, the brassy charisma of her straight comedic roles under Lee’s misanthropic exterior. Its spark ignites in her scenes with Richard E. Grant, who’s perfectly cast as Lee’s only real friend..." - 10/17/2018 A.V. Club


4 stars out of 5 -- "McCarthy gets laughs for sure here, but the demands of this role -- a boozy, cranky woman with a battered heart and a backbone of steel -- are primarily dramatic. McCarthy meets every challenge..." - 10/17/2018 Rolling Stone


"FORGIVE gives Melissa McCarthy a honey of a role as a cranky New York writer who turns to literary forgery..." - 12/27/2018 Boston Globe


"CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? invests significant narrative energy into the idea that a pure talent for words is what truly makes someone a writer -- only to completely subvert that notion in the finale." - 01/16/2019 The Atlantic


4 stars out of 5 -- "The real delight, though, is in McCarthy and Grant’s bitingly rude and funny fraudsters....Grant injects a mix of charmer and rotter into Jack’s hustling, but it’s McCarthy’s prickly, vulnerable and bravely egotistical Lee who seals the film’s deal." - 01/26/2019 Total Film


4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] small-scale delight....Marielle Heller takes an unbelievable true story about an astonishing act of literary ventriloquism but makes it feel authentic through attention to detail..." - 01/28/2019 Empire


"[I]t has always been clear that McCarthy can find depth in unlikely roles. Here, she manages to make us empathise with a bridge-burning fraudster who has alienated all her former friends and colleagues..." - 02/03/2019 The Guardian

 
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