Can You Ever Forgive Me?


Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Based on a true story, author Lee Israel made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When she is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, aided by a loyal friend. The film had two Golden Globe nominations and numerous other wins and nominations.

106 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language, Drug abuse).
Biographical, Comedy, Crime, Drama, On the art circuit

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Ben Falcone, Gregory Korostishevsky, Jane Curtin, Stephen Spinella
Director
Marielle Heller
ScreenplayNicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty
MusicNate Heller
CinematographyBrandon Trost
EditingAnne McCabe
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2018
Produced byArcher Gray, Fox Searchlight Pictures

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageFrequent strong use of strong language in a swearing context and not disapproved of but justified by context of the biography and true story of the main character’s criminal activities.
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceInfrequent low impact verbally referenced violence and was off screen.
PrejudiceInfrequent low impact language of prejudice in a form of gender and sexual orientation.
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsComplex and mature themes with moderate impact having some elements with strong impact. Themes of tension between friends after betrayal, controversial gay relationship dynamics, friendship, family, death, coping with the loss of loved pat, alcoholism, enforcement of legal justice system, mourning and in pain due to loss, depressed, loneliness and devastated single, stealing valuable artefacts, impersonating famous writers, resorting to desperate measures, strained relationship, addicts rehabilitation programme as a means to decrease the heavy sentence, court case proceedings that influenced the convicted to confess, plead guilt during trial, less severe sentence due to confessing the truth, aggressive behaviour, apologetic and asking for forgiveness, regretting and adopting acceptable ways of making a living, for the love of the mother, reconciliation and reconsidering actions , dismissed from employment due to alcohol addiction within a biography context. There is a sense of threat which may be disturbing upsetting and distressing to any children fewer than 16 because of its criminal activities and they are also not emotionally, cognitively and morally matured enough to contextualise the shocking content. The disturbing scenes of multiple forgery of letters of famous writers and stealing valuable artefacts that are of a sophisticated in nature can easily evoke emotional and psychological discomfort with moral harm due to the normal way that crude language is used. It can also send a wrong message to young impressionable viewers that you can use crude language without consequences and end up adopting it as part of their daily speech. Noted themes with moderate impact with some classifiable elements that are of strong impact may be ambiguous and disturbing as it is beyond their comprehension and tolerance levels and they are also not morally developed to make appropriate choices that are within the societal acceptable standards.
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USA MPAA rating

R: RestrictedRated R for language including some sexual references, and brief drug use
Runtime106
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
1
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
0
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
5
Smoking
4
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
5
Frightening / Tense Scenes
3
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
0
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
2
Topics to talk about
4

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
15 +
Positive messages
2
Positive role models
1
Violence
1
Sex
3
Language
4
Consumerism
0
Drinking, drugs, smoking
4

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

24.com
Jake Coyle quote iconCan You Ever Forgive Me? has justly won praise as one of McCarthy's best and most dramatic performances.
15
ScreenIt
Jim Judy quote iconEngaging from start to finish.
14
Metacritic.com
48 critics
17
Rottentomatoes critics
214 critics
16
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconDeftly directed and laced with dark wit, Can You Ever Forgive Me? proves a compelling showcase for deeply affecting work from Richard E. Grant and Melissa McCarthy.
20
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
16
CommonSenseMedia
Michael Ordona quote iconWry, painful fact-based comedy has language, drinking.
15

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
43 users
15
Rottentomatoes users
1555 users
15
IMDB
3430 Netizens
15
The Movie DB
Community
15
Rottentomatoes popcornmeter
Popcornmeter
17

Average .. 79%

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