Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?


DVD - 2019
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Lee Israel who made her living in the '70s and '80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack. An adaptation of the memoir, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats).
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA :, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE CAN
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Jun 25, 2019

When my husband brought this one home I was doubtful because the lead actress is in so many low brow B movies. This movie, for what it is, is well done, well acted and enjoyable. Other peoples lives, eeesh.

Jun 21, 2019

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

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.

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.

Jun 08, 2019

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

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.

May 29, 2019

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

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.

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::

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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May 13, 2019


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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