Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Genre, Gender, Global Appeal

Genre: Biopic

Subject: Literary figure, biographer and forger Lee Israel

Gender: Woman is the lead (played by Melissa McCarthy)

Global box office: $6.9 million

Critical Response:

Rotten Tomato score: 98%

Nominations and Awards (thus far)

Golden Globes (actress for Melissa McCarthy, supporting actor for Richard E. Grant);

Gotham Awards (actor for Grant);

National Board of Review (Top 10 Films);

Indie Spirit Awards (supporting male for Grant, screenplay)

New York Film Critics Circle (supporting actor for Grant)

Critics’ Choice (actress for McCarthy, supporting actor for Grant, adapted screenplay)

Commercial Appeal

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” has earned only $7 million at the domestic market, but the good news is that it declined just 27% after getting two Globe nominations for Melissa McCarthy as Lee Israel and Richard E. Grant for his performance as the fraudulent author’s confidant Jack.