The Vernon Film Society will be screening Can You Ever Forgive Me? on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Galaxy Theatre. Star Melissa McCarthy has just been nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress, so you will have a chance to see her amazing performance before the big night. As one critic mentioned, McCarthy is usually cast in comedy roles, but proves, in the role of her life, that she can play it straight with the best of them.
McCarthy stars as a real-life New York celebrity biographer called Lee Israel, who made her living profiling famous people such as Tallulah Bankhead, Katherine Hepburn, and Estee Lauder in the 1970s and ’80s. As the years go by, her prospects start to dry up, not only because she is out of step with the marketplace, but because she refuses to play the promotional book game. Her caustic personality doesn’t help.
After realizing that legitimate letters signed by Funny Girl Fanny Brice have monetary value, Lee, aided and abetted by gay friend Jack Hock (Richard E. Grant, Withnail and I), starts to forge correspondence from famous people, eventually attracting the attention of the FBI.
“Can You Ever Forgive Me? is at once a low-stakes crime drama, a buddy comedy, a period piece and a loving tribute to a woman who at this point in her life and career did not feel loved. ……..Can You Ever Forgive Me? comes from a place of understanding and love that few other biopics do, and it makes this difficult character a joy to meet,” said Monica Castillo, Roger Ebert.com.
Can You Ever Forgive Me? screens at 5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday at the Galaxy Cinemas. Tickets are available at the door or one week in advance at the Bean Scene for $7. Cash only. Rated PG.