Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • 2018
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Marielle Heller
  • Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells
  • UK release: 1 February 2019

Lee Israel (McCarthy) is a writer facing financial difficulties who starts forging letters from famous writers as a way to earn money. McCarthy gives one of her best performances as the stubborn Lee, and Grant is excellent as her buddy Jack. Deviously funny and deeply moving.

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2018 | 106 mins | Dir: Marielle Heller | Cast includes: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant | Cert: 15

Celebrity biographer Lee Israel makes her living 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.

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Chris O'Dowd upset to lose Can You Ever Forgive Me? role

22 Feb 2019

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Chris O'Dowd admitted it was "a heartbreak" to lose his role in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' to Richard E. Grant. The 39-year-old actor and Julianne Moore, 58 were originally intended to star in the crime drama as celebrity biographer Lee Israel and…

Richard E Grant says it is 'foolish' to prepare Oscars speech

19 Feb 2019

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Richard E Grant feels it would be "foolish" for him to have an Oscars speech prepared. The 61-year-old actor is up for Best Supporting Actor at this year's Academy Award ceremony for his role in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?', but he insisted that he…

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

28 Jan 20195 stars

Melissa McCarthy excels in a moving and darkly humorous biopic about unrepentant literary forger Lee Israel

There's nothing less appealing than an Oscar bait biopic that sticks to the standard formula. Thankfully, those behind this film about author and literary forger Lee Israel are aware of that, fashioning her story into a queer buddy comedy about…

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