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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This film takes an altogether different view of the imitation game. By embracing frauds and failures, it achieves greatness on the sly.
The revelation of McCarthy's turn is that she's just allowed to be, without apology, without schmaltz.
Every beat of the film is just so, its portraiture as rich as the characters themselves are barely solvent.
We can't believe the two got away with it for so long. But simultaneously we will them on.
The screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty is well structured, witty and poignant. The funniest moments tend to be the most painful or humiliating ones.
Audience Reviews for Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant as terribly witty rejects who find each other moping in the dregs of self-medication in the bowels of New York City. As effective a personality study as you are ever to see, this work resonates long after the credits roll as an American Masterpiece Theater, an answer to the question: what happens to wasted talent in the Land Of Opportunity? Must see, and proof that New York City still has something to say.
Mad props to Melissa McCarthy for turning it around with this after Happytime Murders and Life of the Party. Actually after basically every single thing I've seen her in up until this point. I honestly can't think of a single role I've liked her in. Until Lee Israel of course, because as her, in this, McCarthy is great. Respect for Richard E. Grant in the supporting role as well. It took me a little while after I'd finished watching Can You Ever Forgive Me? to realise I liked it as much as I did, but I did.
The impression I have is that this is a film struggling to find something to say with the material it has, but the result, however dull at times, manages to be enjoyable and interesting thanks to McCarthy and Grant, who are both too good and have an excellent chemistry together.
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