Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Genre:  Comedy, Drama
Running Time:  107 min.
Release Date:
October 26, 2018 - Toronto
November 2, 2018 - Vancouver
November 9, 2018 - Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa
November 16, 2018 - Halifax, Victoria, Winnipeg
DVD: February 19, 2019
Digital: February 5, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.81
based on 54 votes and 15 reviews
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Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Jane Curtin, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone


Best-selling author Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy), who wrote biographies of celebrities such as Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and Dorothy Kilgallen in the 1970s and '80s, and profiles of other stars such as Katharine Hepburn, has fallen on hard times.

Turning to criminal life, she begins a lucrative scam with her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant) by forging hundreds of letters purportedly written by luminaries as Dorothy Parker, Noël Coward, and Lillian Hellman, then selling her "memorabilia" to dealers across the country.

Based on the memoir by Lee Israel.

Director: Marielle Heller
Studio: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Producer(s): Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell
Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
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  • 4 stars "This was a pleasant surprise. Such a sad story. But a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do ! Almost hard to think that there is a market for such affluent assholes in our world."
  • 4 stars "Who knew? Melissa McCarthy a dramatic actress, and a darn good one. Not surprised she has been up for many best actress awards. Worth the time and $$. Richard Grant, a hoot."
  • 2 stars "It's good to see Melissa McCarthy in a dramatic role."