Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

DVD - 2019
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When a writer's career stalls resulting in financial problems, she starts forging and selling letters of deceased authors.
Audience: OFA rating: 14A.
Publisher: Hollywood, California : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Can
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
digital,optical,surround,Dolby 5.1
video file,DVD video,region 1
Language Note: English, Spanish and French language tracks and subtitles.
English audio description track.

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cmarie20
Jun 21, 2019

Ingenuity caused by desperation. Well done! She profited by other people's egos.

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Courier2003
Jun 17, 2019

Very good true story. Her sentence was too light for defrauding the public with 400 fake letters. Shed was a thief. Don't look under her bed Yuk! Her gay friend played his roll well.
Comments at the end interesting. Both deserved the Oscar nominations.

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vkreads
Jun 09, 2019

This is a movie true story, drawing the viewer into a world of emotional depth because of the motivations of the plot itself. Does the end justify the means?
Desperation will in fact drive ordinary people into doing what had formerly been believed as "unlikely" or even "never possible."
The end movie info says Lee Israel created 400 false letters. Oooh. That is alot.

Melissa McCarthy was a nominee for best actress, year 2019 Academy Awards. (won by Olivia Colman in The FAVOURITE)

And, Witnessing betrayal and deceit is never comfortable.
It's a true story; and so is the betrayal that happens daily, in so many millions of places in the world.

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PearlyKayAm1
Jun 08, 2019

Good movie about bad people. Some witty banter between thoroughly unlikable characters.

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Shellie1_us
May 29, 2019

The movie follows the book pretty well. Melissa McCartney, and Richard E. Grant had great chemistry. Lee drank her talent and her life away. She was mostly unlikable, but, she was great to her cats.

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blueraven1919
May 29, 2019

I really do not understand these positive reviews. This movie is horrible and a waste of time!

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brigpa1
May 27, 2019

I love this movie even though there were no redeeming characters maybe because it was based on true events. There is something of an amazing quality of wanting to root for these reprobates. The acting and script were very well done. Well worth your time watching.

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ZsaZsa4
May 22, 2019

Mehhhh. I really love Melissa McCarthy and she was nominated for an Academy Award for this... and she brought me to tears at one point in the movie.... and Richard Grant was adorable.... and there were many shots of New York City that took me back to my April trip like time travel, but I can't say this was real entertainment. MM is playing a shitty person, and the depths she ends up in are totally her own fault.... she is not sympathetic as this character. So it was like watching the grim real lives of awful people... ::snore::

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jimg2000
May 13, 2019

Obnoxious pair of antagonists based on the 2008 confessional memoir of the same name by writer Lee Israel. ... more along the line of a dull and depressing "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" than a buddy-crime comedy. With that said, all the actors are great at their roles, including the old cat and some witty one liners. 1 star for entertainment, 2 stars for the melodrama but 4 for the actors.

Note: The character reminds me of a quote in Bob Dylan's "Love Minus Zero/No Limit" song, a tribute to his first wife: "She knows there's no success like failure, and that failure's no success at all."

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SAPL454
May 02, 2019

This is an excellent movie with great actors!

N.B.: Some expletives throughout the movie...

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jimg2000
May 13, 2019

***SPOILER ALERT***

PS text at the end of the film:

Lee forged and sold approximately 400 letters. Two of Lee's forgeries were included in Noël Coward's 2007 biography. They were removed by the second printing. Nora Ephron sent a cease and desist letter to Lee, demanding that she stop impersonating her on the phone. When summoned for jury duty later in life, Lee replied: "I am a convicted felon and thereby ineligible to serve. Who said crime doesn't pay?" Jack Hock passed away on 10/19/94, having been lovingly looked after by members of the Gay Men's Health Crisis Center. The New York Times called Lee Israel's book: CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? : MEMOIRS OF A LITERARY FORGER a "sordid and pretty damned fabulous book."

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