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Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Synopsis

When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception. An adaptation of the memoir Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel.

Cast

  • Melissa McCarthy
  • Richard E. Grant
  • Dolly Wells
  • Ben Falcone
  • Gregory Korostishevsky
  • Jane Curtin
  • Stephen Spinella
  • Christian Navarro
  • Pun Bandhu
  • Erik LaRay Harvey

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Trivia

  • Julianne Moore was attached to this project during early development. She was fired from the project due to creative differences.
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Goofs

  • Twenty-first century automobiles vaguely drive around in some shots.
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Quotes

    • Lee Israel: Can you keep a secret?
    • Jack Hock: Who would I tell? All my friends are dead.
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#original
#great
#smart
#clever
#truestory
#greatcast

This movie had me locked in from the start. I found the story so fascinating that I loved Melissa McCarthy's character so much even though she was very nice. I rooted for her and I was so happy I did!

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#truestory
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Great movie, Melissa McCarthy was surprisingly great. Ate a lot of food throughout the movie, made me hungry.

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Metacritic

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Oct 25, 2018

One of the things I loved about Can You Ever Forgive Me?—aside from the radiantly perfect casting of McCarthy and Grant, a Withnail and I–esque pair of drinking buddies, except this time they’re both asocial, hilarious Withnails—was Heller’s quiet confidence in establishing the milieu where all this typing and lying took place.

Metacritic review by Dana Stevens
Dana Stevens
Slate
80
Sep 9, 2018

Director Marielle Heller is less interested in the machinations of Israel’s scheme as she is the psychology behind it, giving us a touchingly understated portrait of self-loathing and loneliness.

Metacritic review by Tim Grierson
Tim Grierson
Screen International
80
Sep 2, 2018

McCarthy’s performance, which is paired with an equally rewarding turn by British actor Richard E. Grant, anchors this bizarre, compelling true story.

Metacritic review by Stephen Farber
Stephen Farber
The Hollywood Reporter