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Can You Ever Forgive Me? Movie Review

The dream for many writers to become successful and earn their living solely via their pen or their computer. The reality is that only a small percentage of writers reach that level of fame and success. The rest of us have to earn our income via a regular job and write in the evenings and on the weekends.

In the new movie, Can You Ever Forgive Me? (based upon the book of the same name), Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) is a New York City based writer whose professional glory days are long gone. She is out of work and needs money fast. While doing research in the library for her next book, she finds a letter from a famous writer and sells it.  This leads Lee down the path of forging letters of famous writers who have passed on. Her cohort in this deception is Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant). Though Lee is making bank, time is running out on her con game. Will she get caught and if she does, what will her punishment be?

Other reviewers have stated that it is Melissa McCarthy’s best performance since Bridesmaids. I couldn’t agree more. Lee is crass, rude and has an alcohol problem. She is grasping at straws in attempt to revive her career and is desperate enough to do something stupid/illegal to regain that career. If Lee brings the serious moments to this film,  Jack brings in the jokes and the lighter moments, with a slightly adult and sardonic sense of humor.

I absolutely recommend it.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? is presently in theaters. 

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Flashback Friday-Bridesmaids (2011)

Weddings are supposed to represent the best that life can bring. Love, marriage, friendship and coming together to celebrate two people who want to publicly declare their love and commitment to one another.

But it can be stressful and extremely tiresome in its planning stages.

In 2011 comedy Bridesmaids, Annie (Kristin Wiig) and Lillian (Maya Rudolph) have been best friends for a very long time. Then Lillian gets engaged and Annie agrees to become maid of honor. Helen (Rose Byrne), Becca ( Ellie Kemper),  Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey) and Megan (Melissa McCarthy) round out the bridal party as bridesmaids. But as wedding gets closer, Annie begins to suspect that Helen wants more from Lillian than just being a bridesmaid.

Co written by Wiig and Annie Mumolo, this film was one of the funniest of 2011. While weddings are not unusual story backdrops for films, what made this film stand out was the very funny and talented female cast. There was a truth about planning a wedding and the stress that comes with those plans. The films also proved that not only can women play gross funny that men usually play, but they can also be a box office draw by themselves. The standout performance of this film is Melissa McCarthy’s Megan who is rude and crude and hilarious.

I absolutely recommend this film. If you have not seen it, you are missing out one of the great female comedies of the last decade.

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