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 : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2019]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 106 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in
Dolby digital 5.1,Dolby digital 2.0
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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."

May 02, 2019

This is an excellent movie with great actors!

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

I thought this movie was awful. Right from the beginning the main character is obnoxious, a drunk and she curses like a sailor. Not my taste in films. Too depressing...

Apr 19, 2019

a wonderful story of sin and redemption

Apr 14, 2019

Very good acting and a good story. It is a true story which caught my interest.
I think it was a bit slow telling the story but all in all not a bad film.

Apr 10, 2019

despite the good acting and the true story of literal and literary survival - I found this movie to be quite dreary

Apr 08, 2019

Outstanding performance by Ms. McCarthy. The script writing is outstanding as well. The story is true and on a topic that few of us would ever know anything about. I would love to tell you the whole story, but you really should see this movie without me spoiling a moment of it for you!

Apr 08, 2019

Well done, difficult story to watch, but makes you feel for her even as she does awful things.

Apr 07, 2019

What an intriguing story...Melissa McCarthy does a great job as does her costar Richard Grant...

Really unusual story of a washed up author who stumbles into a world of literary crime... All you people on wait list, hang in there; its well worth the wait.

You can see why both Melissa and Richard were nominated for academy awards.

multcolib_susannel Apr 05, 2019

This story of a bitter, has- been author, who makes money by selling forged letters of famous authors is made extraordinary by actor Richard E Grant who plays her gay friend.
Based on a true story.

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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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