Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) Rated R

Writer Lee Israel is down on her luck with her writing when she discovers a way to make money by forging other writers’ letters. Based on the book, Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger by Lee Israel. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, and Dolly Wells.

This film is difficult to watch. First, I don’t know if it was my copy but the sound was awful. The music in the background was the worst – like a record scratching. I’m hoping it was the copy I had, but it was like they didn’t clean up the sound. The true story of Israel forging letters is interesting, but the film doesn’t dive into the story of the consequences of her actions. It’s almost like they just wanted to show how desolate she was to do the act. It also doesn’t cover how she was discovered. One day she writes the letter, the next she doesn’t. We know that McCarthy can act, and she does in this film, but not exceptionally. Grant, on the other hand, pulled me into Jack Hock’s fanatical life. This film could have been so much better, and I’m still trying to see what everyone else sees in it because it’s just not there. It’s not worth a watch.

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