Melissa McCarthy is back, and this time around she looks to be in a dramedy of sorts titled Can You Ever Forgive Me? In the story, she plays a down-on-her-luck writer who is working hard to make ends meet. In an attempt to make some extra cash to pay for rent, as well as her sick cat, she looks to sell a prized letter from a famous author.
Unfortunately, the letter only goes for $75. The reason? The content isn’t juicy enough. Rather than suck it up and take the $75, she puts the letter into her typwriter, embellishes it with a postscript, and sells it for a much higher price. Thus begins a whole new criminal enterprise, where she make extra cash by taking letters from well-known authors, beefs them up, and sells them for big cash.
On the whole, I found the trailer to be a delight and was happy to see McCarthy pull back a bit on something more measured in approach (I think she shines most in those roles). Additionally, as a bibliophile myself, I loved the idea behind the whole thing and find it all rather inspiring.
Below is the official synopsis for the Can You Ever Forgive Me?:
“Melissa McCarthy stars in the adaptation of the memoir CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME?, the true story of best-selling celebrity biographer (and friend to cats) Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) who made her living in the 1970’s and 80’s 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).”
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SOURCE: Fox Searchlight