‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Review: Melissa McCarthy’s a Forger Who’s the Real Thing

‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ Review: Melissa McCarthy’s a Forger Who’s the Real Thing
Melissa McCarthy is a lock for a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Can You Ever Forgive Me?, the true story of Lee Israel, a lonely, embittered author of celebrity biographies who took up forgery to pay the bills when her jobs dried up. The Academy previously rewarded McCarthy with a Best Supporting Actress nod for 2011’s Bridesmaids, the kind of raucous comedy that became her specialty. McCarthy gets laughs for sure here, but the demands of this role — a boozy, cranky woman with a battered heart and a backbone of steel — are primarily dramatic.
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