• Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Release Date: October 19th, 2018

DVD Release Date: February 19th, 2019

R |1 hr 46 min

Plot Summary

Lee Israel is a frustrated, hard-drinking author who can barely afford to pay her rent or bills in 1990s New York. Desperate for money, Israel soon hatches a scheme to forge letters by famous writers and sell them to bookstores and collectors. When the dealers start to catch on, Lee recruits a dubious friend to help her continue her self-destructive cycle of trickery and deceit.

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Gregory Korostishevsky, Jane Curtin, Stephen Spinella, Christian Navarro

Director: Marielle Heller

Genres: Comedy drama , Biography

Production Co: Archer Gray

Keywords: Friend, Quest, Fall, Emotional, New York City, Creative, Office, Amusing, Transformation

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    The film is not only not unpleasant but a genuine, authentic and honest-to-goodness pleasure. show more

  • 80
    Stephen FarberThe Hollywood Reporter

    McCarthy’s performance, which is paired with an equally rewarding turn by British actor Richard E. Grant, anchors this bizarre, compelling true story. show more

  • 100
    Dana StevensSlate

    One of the things I loved about Can You Ever Forgive Me?—aside from the radiantly perfect casting of McCarthy and Grant, a Withnail and I–esque pair of drinking buddies, except this time they’re both asocial, hilarious Withnails—was Heller’s quiet confidence in establishing the milieu where all this typing and lying took place. show more

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Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2019)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)
Nominated Leading Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2019)