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The Forger (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama | 3 July 2012 (USA)
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A teenager wanders into Carmel, California, where he is soon introduced to the art-forgery community.

Director:

Lawrence Roeck

Writers:

Carlos De Los Rios (screenplay), Lawrence Roeck
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Bacall ... Anne-Marie
Josh Hutcherson ... Joshua
Alfred Molina ... Everly Campbell
Billy Boyd ... Bernie
Dina Eastwood ... Vanessa Reese
Adam Godley ... Pinkus
Scott Eastwood ... Ryan Felter
Alexandra Carl Alexandra Carl ... Rachel
Hayden Panettiere ... Amber Felter
Tricia Helfer ... Sasha
Kim Myers ... Brynn Mason
Jansen Panettiere ... Aram
José Zúñiga ... Mr. Weathers
Zuhair Haddad ... Amir
Robert Harvey ... Real Painter
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Storyline

Joshua, a teenager with a drugged-out mother on the run, wanders into the affluent community of Carmel, California. After getting himself into trouble, the authorities try to track down his mother. But in the meantime, a successful artist/businessman offers to take in Joshua and let him have a chance at a good life. His motives are questionable considering his line of business and how he plans to use Joshua's artistic talents, but Joshua has met a girl and he's not sure if the money is worth selling off his morals. Written by napierslogs

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Love by design, Friendship by paint, Death by brush

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some fighting | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Carmel, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was Lauren Bacall's final film before her death on August 12, 2014 at the age of 89. See more »

Goofs

When Everly Campbell and Bernie are in the basement talking about Joshua doing the forged painting a crew member wearing a headset is reflected in the glass cabinet behind the two men. See more »

Quotes

Bernie: He's not right for this. It's too much for a kid to handle. He's fifteen. He has pimples. I'm not even sure his voice has broken. He probably thinks the impressionists are a heavy metal band. He's talented, but he's a risk. We need to find someone else to do the Winslow Homer and get Dauphine his money, now.
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Soundtracks

Coloring The Void
Written by Anthony Gonzalez
Performed by M83
Published by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.
Courtesy of EMI Music France
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A chick flick. Who'd have known?
20 July 2012 | by NozzSee all my reviews

I can understand scrapping the uninformative title CARMEL, and even the extended version CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, but the title THE FORGER fooled me. I expected a focus on the intricate labors of some fascinating criminals. I figured that if the movie is good enough to enlist Lauren Bacall and Alfred Molina, it's got to be good. In fact, though, not so much. The dialogue occasionally goes wooden with exposition or preachiness, Molina's accent isn't completely consistent, in places the characters' behavior isn't easily believable, and although a couple of interesting tricks of the trade are displayed, art forgery is made to look pretty easy, with first-time forgers capable of deceiving the experts. However, I'm criticizing the movie for not being what it wasn't shot to be. From the opening music, camera-work, and text font, you can easily tell that this is a movie meant to play on women's emotions. It's about an adorable homeless boy, an adorable well-groomed girl, an adorable old lady, and a series of misunderstandings that threaten to keep them apart, and as Spielberg has shown elsewhere, if plot offers a good dramatic structure it doesn't need to hang together logically.


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