Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Director: Marielle Heller
2018, USA, 107 minutes, R; CC, DVS
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant
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).
“Melissa McCarthy does way more than just make us laugh in the darkly comedic biopic ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’: She gives a supremely soulful and career-best performance as an unlikely literary criminal.” – Brian Truitt, USA Today