Can You Ever Forgive Me?

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Certificate: 15
Length: 106 mins
Director: Marielle Heller
Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells

Melissa McCarthy is brilliantly unsympathetic in this revelatory dramatic role as literary fraud Lee Israel. With her writing career permanently stalled, incapable of getting over her ex-girlfriend and job prospects nil, she turns her craft to penning elaborate fake letters from the likes of Noël Coward.

Lee is acerbic but hilarious company, making an art of imitation and spurred on by her drinking companion Lee (Richard E. Grant in a superb return to the big screen).

Funny yet quietly poignant, Marielle Heller’s film (Diary of a Teenage Girl) dextrously handles Nicole Holofcener’s (Enough Said, Please Give) script.

“it’s such a joy to spend this time with McCarthy, drunkenly scheming and grumbling, that it’s hard to complain.” ★★★★ – The Guardian

“A moving hymn to outsiders, this thrives on two criminally good performances from Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant. It also confirms Marielle Heller as one of the brightest directorial talents around.” ★★★★ – Empire Online

“McCarthy manages something very special: she makes a character who is odd, obnoxious, difficult and alcoholic seem lovable and even heroic.” ★★★★★ – Independent