In which we discover, if proof were needed, that Richard E. Grant (it’s Esterhuysen in case you wondered) only really does Richard E. Grant.
The literary fraud story is spun out a little too long but does make for an excellent vehicle to show off the acting talents of Melissa McCarthy who is almost unrecognisable. Not to quite the same extent as Patricia Arquette in Escape at Dannemora, but not far off.
The movie cracks along at a fair old pace in Acts I and II but sadly outstays its welcome towards the end. It tells the story of failed writer and drunk, Lee Israel, who stumbles into a career of writing forged letters by the likes of Dorothy Parker and Noel Coward. Indeed she writes better Dorothy Parker letters than Dorothy Parker.
There’s several laugh out loud lines in a movie that passed the time but, apart from McCarthy’s excellent turn will quickly be forgotten.