Can You Ever Forgive Me? Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2342

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 23

Theatrical Release Date: 10/19/2018

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 02/19/2019

Language: English

Genre: Biography, Comedy

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Marielle Heller

Actors: Melissa McCarthy, Melissa McCarthy, Joanna Adler, Richard E. Grant, Marc Evan Jackson, Christian Navarro

Plot: Based on the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer Lee Israel who, during the 1970s-80s published books on the likes of Katherine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. But changing tastes means Israel finds herself no longer able to get published. Not content with this fact, she turns to a new tactic: deception, along with help from her best friend, Jack. -- Chris Kavan

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/10/2019

Melissa McCarthey plays a character just like the ones we've seen her play before, but with all of her sadness worn on the outside in this true story about what a person would do to feel appreciated.

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Rod - wrote on 03/09/2019

"Can You Ever Forgive Me?" has a bad-ass story presented with so much intimacy and well-timed humor. Melissa McCarthy and Richard Grant definitely had great showing in this film. As a frustrated writer, it validates my perception that tragedy causes great stories. Generally a good watch, and now I want to read the book.

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LIFF32 (2018) #4

Matthew Brady - wrote on 11/21/2018

I like the part where she falls over.

OK, on a serious note...

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ is a compelling true story that's both hilarious yet heartbreaking. The biggest giveaway I got when the movie ended - you can find the irony and humor in the darkest of outcomes.

I’m not the biggest fan of Melissa McCarthy, if I have to be honest. I don’t find her funny and ‘Happytime Murders’ left a cold impression on me. Ironically, I wanted some sort of apology after that. Still, nothing against her personal just not my cup of tea. However, I’m thrilled to see McCarthy showcase her acting chops while bringing her comedic roots into the mix. She breathes life into a struggling writer, Lee Israel. Whenever she’s drinking alcohol in the afternoon, stealing toilet roll, …

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