CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?
Biography/Comedy/Drama – 2018 – USA – 106 Minutes – Fox Searchlight Pictures – Rated R
In CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant).
Directed by Marielle Heller
Starring Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant
McCarthy’s best performance to date, revealing haunting insights into friendship, loneliness, and creative insecurity. – Variety
“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” is that rare movie you never want to end, a film about broken people, loners who hover on the fringes, who scavenge what’s left of the important stuff that more socially competent humans leave behind. – The Wrap
As Israel, Melissa McCarthy is caustic, profane, curmudgeonly, affecting and very funny, as is Richard E. Grant as a gay alcoholic who becomes her accomplice. – NPR
Can You Ever Forgive Me? comes from a place of understanding and love that few other biopics truly dive into, and it makes this difficult character a joy to meet. – RogerEbert.com
Can You Ever Forgive Me? moves from a potentially self-serving farce to the heartbreaking tale of an artist haunted by alcohol abuse, depression, and poverty. – The Film Stage
NOW PLAYING – ENDS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13
New York Times Review: Melissa McCarthy is Criminally Good in ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Read full review here.