Source: Catholic News Service
Imaginative riff on claims by real-life author Clifford Irving (a convincing Richard Gere) to have the exclusive rights to eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes' autobiography, fooling the top brass at publisher McGraw-Hill and Life magazine, while he and co-conspirator Dick Susskind (Alfred Molina) dream up increasingly ingenious ways to prevent the truth from leaking. Director Lasse Hallstrom, working from William Wheeler's overly complex script, mixes real-life events from the early 1970s with the imaginary musings/ravings in Irving's head, resulting in a sometimes stylish, sometimes intentionally confusing take on a man whose falsehoods finally catch up with him. Considerable rough language and profanity, crude expressions, an adulterous affair, an encounter with a prostitute, and some sexual talk and innuendo. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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