In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.
Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests' reasons for being there are less than innocent and some are not who they appear to be.
Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) made her living in the 1970s and '80s profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estee Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee is no longer able to get published because she has fallen out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack (Richard E. Grant). An adaptation of the memoir "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" relays the true story of the best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats).Written by
Fox Searchlight Pictures
During an October 18, 2018, interview on the National Public Radio program "Morning Edition," Melissa McCarthy recounted a story that Jane Curtin (who plays Lee Israel's agent Marjorie in this movie) had told her about actually meeting the real Lee Israel: "[Curtin] was at a book party in Manhattan with her husband. And someone just kind of came in the door and like--she said it was just like this disruption, not necessarily noise, but just like muttering. And just--she's like, almost just energy wise, people kind of clearing and moving and interrupting conversations and went through, got some food, got a couple--like, pounded a couple drinks and like went right back out the door.... And [Curtin] said, it was Lee. She goes, because once she left, she turned to either her husband or somebody at the party and said, who the hell was that?" See more »
The word " backstory " is used, despite not being widely used at the time this story takes place. See more »
You can be an asshole if you're famous. You can't be unknown and be such a bitch, Lee.
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Closing credits appear onscreen as if typewritten. See more »
Ahead of the film's release in Australia, the distributor chose to pre-cut the film in order to obtain an M classification. These changes removed detail of hard drug misuse (cocaine snorting) through re-framing, and also removed the film's sole use of very strong language by re-dubbing the term with a milder phrase. The uncut international version was later approved for a DVD/Video release with an uncut MA15+ classification. See more »
I didn't know what to expect with this film. I was very pleasantly surprised.
This movie is not a comedy and the performers did a great job of capturing people who are not always made for this world.
Melissa McCarthy gives a impressive performance as Lee Israel and Richard Grant is wonderful as her ne'er do well friend and accomplice.
I really like the atmosphere and the ability to capture the grit and seediness of New York in the early 90's.
Marielle Heller and McCarthy did a fantastic job of taking someone with all the likability of my mother in law and making her sympathetic.
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