Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Critic Consensus: Deftly 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.
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Can You Ever Forgive Me? works, largely, because director Marielle Heller and screenwriter Nicole Holofcener approach this totally unlikeable character from a place of unconditional love and understanding.
McCarthy plays it straight, allowing her talent as an actress - often hidden under the dreck for which she draws big paychecks - to shine through.
It's not a rebirth for McCarthy, but it's an awakening, and a reminder of what she can do when she dives into a project worthy of her talents.
Melissa McCarthy's bid for dramatic cred is just nasty enough to be enjoyable, thanks hugely to Richard E. Grant's gleeful turn as a dimwitted but high-spirited end-of-the-line party boy who befriends our heroine just as she touches bottom.
While it's corrosively humorous, the film is essentially a fact-based drama with poignant psychological insights about notions like insecurity, isolation and honesty.
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This could easily be the title of McCarthy's autobiography as she recounts all that crap roles she took after Bridesmaids and rediscovers her acting chops in this gem. It truly captures the spiraling torment of a career on the wrong side of the curve with a dark and snowy NYC as its backdrop. Grant, as Israel's only human connection, sashays through the film with a veneer of bravado and devil-may-care panache and is a perfect foil for McCarthy. Well played indeed! (11-10-18)
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