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The Forger [DVD]

Josh Hutcherson , Hayden Panettiere , Lawrence Roeck    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Josh Hutcherson, Hayden Panettiere, Lauren Bacall, Alfred Molina, Tricia Helfer
  • Directors: Lawrence Roeck
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Koch Media
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Oct 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B4F8KU2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,050 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Light drama starring Josh Hutcherson and Hayden Panettiere. Joshua (Hutcherson) has a talent - he is able to recreate any painting given to him. So when local art forger Everly (Alfred Molina) promises Joshua he can make him millions, he agrees to forge a specific painting which is apparently lost but in doing so gets tangled in a web of lies and betrayal.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bought for josh hutcherson 27 Feb 2014
By BigAl82
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And he's magnificent in this otherwise bland film. I quite like that girl from scream 4 too. Not a bad film. But not great either. Buy for mr hutcherson alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film. 22 Jan 2014
Love this film so much. Josh Hutcherson is perfect in this film (SHIRTLESS SCENE - OH WOW.) It's a reliable film, one in which the whole family can enjoy. :D
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2.0 out of 5 stars A film for fans of the cast 25 May 2014
This film is just poor, it is badly written, it's bland and for the most part uninteresting. However this film has an unbelievable cast. Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes, Nashville and Scream 4), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2), Billy body (The Lord of the Rings) and acting legend Lauren Bacall. Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica) turns up as a white trash drug addict, who is Hutcherson's mum in unneccessary scene. The scene's where Hutcherson and Molina are creating a forgery is actually quite interesting to watch, and it's the one thing which the director seems to have got right.

I can see why the cast would sign up to do this the story is actually quite interesting but in a more adept director it would have been so much better. The cast are clearly having fun playing off each other, while Hutcherson and Panettiere romance is believable and the two share some decent chemistry more than he does with Jennifer Lawrence in the Hunger Games.

Unfortunately this film suffers from decisions not making any sense. Example a forger who has been under suspicion before by the police admits to being a forger, yet is never arrested. Molina's character needs to sell a forgery otherwise the loan sharks will get him, yet you never see it and instead of kidnapping or threatening Hutcherson when Hutcherson decides to hold out on the painting, Molina tries to play mind games.. In one scene Panettiere insists he's not old enough for her, yet by the end the two are making out. To be fair Panettiere makes the most of her screen time with her underwritten character.

I am giving this film two stars simply because while I do not despise it I cannot give it the two and half it deserves, because it had potential mixed with a good cast but squanders it to really bad effect.

Simply put this film is one for the fans of the cast, which is why I rented this film, otherwise avoid..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Talented film 26 Feb 2013
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Josh Hutcherson is brilliant as the young artist it has a great cast you really feel for the character of Josh a victim of abuse and loneliness struggling to find someone he can trust and is trying to make the right decisions in a world of forgery and lies
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Caramel by the Sea 25 July 2012
By AmentLVR - Published on
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JHutch is an artistically-talented 15-year-old boy who's mother left him. He ends up entering-but-not-breaking into the home of an artist who eventually becomes his temporary guardian and who commissions a forged painting from him.

Basically, Everly (the artist/art dealer) takes advantage of Joshua's talent and the fact that he is a kid with no place left to go. In steps Anne Marie, who DOES in fact give a care about him. Turns out that Anne Marie and Everly have a little something in common.

Then there's Amber, who Joshua decides right away he has a thing for. He befriends her and her older brother and becomes a bit possessive of her. Amber (Hayden Panieterre) doesn't have a crucial role in this film. I think they just threw her in for a romantic element.

Still confused about the little Irish guy. I'm not sure if he's supposed to be Everly's partner or his partner, partner if you catch my drift. Either way, he's a bit annoying.

Storyline was interesting enough, though I found that the movie is not nearly as dark as it is depicted in the trailer, which shows guns and plays some very dramatic music. No, it doesn't end up in a shoot-out or anything.

Anyway, this film is pretty predictable and very hurt-comforty. (JHutch cries like a champ. Prepare to have those heartstrings pulled). The acting is good, but the actual story is so-so. It was entertaining, and appropriate for younger ages (Hardly any profanity, no sex, but a bit of punching). Not a bad movie, considering.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast! Great location! Great score! Great movie! 5 July 2012
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The beautiful scenery of Carmel, in combination with a great cast and score, make this movie a great one. I really look forward to more from this director...
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful scenes of Carmel alone make this worth watching 9 Aug 2012
By resmitty - Published on
It's a reasonably good movie, not great, but good. Filmed entirely in Carmel, CA, movie goes out of its way to show off the gorgeous coast and scenery of this very special coastline area. Sadly the only subtitles are in Spanish, but at least there are English closed captions. My wife needs these to "hear" movies now. We'd never buy this for our collection, and may well never watch it a second time, but we're both glad we saw it today, and both agree on 3 star rating. The young (15) man's caseworker was exemplary in researching everything and everyone to get him the help he needed and the right place to stay. His mother was a druggy, violent, and abusive--and had abandoned him completely. He had a special talent for drawing and painting, and was spectacular in instantly duplicating the strokes and techniques of masters. He was also a nice kid, with lots to learn, and it was enjoyable seeing him apologize well and sincerely to girl he liked, and gain a 2nd and then a 3rd chance with her. Way she handled it all was perfect.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Forger 30 Mar 2013
By Cynthia - Published on
Well where to start, first off the narration in this film, well it just didn't fit into the movie, it seemed forced in. Thankfully the narration doesn't happen throughout the whole movie. The acting was good, but here again is another film that could have been a really powerful film. No scene, what so ever, made a lasting impression, or at all was powerful. But it was good, so you got great actors, check, you got a beautiful place to film, check, you got a great idea, check. So what ruined this film, well it was the script. The film was starting off at a good start, but it seems that the script writers got lazy and just wrote down anything to get this script finished. It just sucks to know that this movie could have been amazing and really powerful, but it got runied just because the writers were lazy.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stellar cast, gentle film, I wanted and expected more 2 Mar 2013
By E. Hernandez - Published on
THE FORGER (a/k/a CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA, Prod. Josh Hutcherson/Carlos De Los Rios, Writ. Carlos De Los Rios/Lawrence Roeck, Dir. Lawrence Roeck, 2012, 110 minutes) was sort of fun, humorous 'after-school-special' type drama that kept me watching.

Josh Hutcherson plays Joshua Mason, a Carmel, California kid of immense misfortune. His horrifying monster of a mother, drug addict and child abuser, abandons him in a motel room where he is later found. Though he is supposed to be 15, Joshua somehow eludes school and even foster care. He is taken under the wing of a suave art forger (Alfred Molina) who needs Joshua's immense artistic talents.

One thing simultaneously refreshing and frightening is the art forgery lesson this film teaches. Never have I seen a film specifically oriented this way, but it felt quite real to me. More real than the drama it enfolded.

Along the way he meets the wonderful, immortal Lauren Bacall as Anne-Marie, the local eccentric millionairess. There is a scene when the two hug, Lauren and Josh, and I wondered: Does that boy know he is hugging HOLLYWOOD?! Did he have any idea of the person with whom he was sharing a scene? Not only do I maintain my crush on the beautiful but eternally wooden Hutcherson, now I actually sort of hate him for being a big-time producer AND hugging Lauren Bacall!!

What next, he gets to play Peter O'Toole's great-grandson with Colin Firth as his father??

This is a gently funny and gently moral tale; its PG-13 rating is well-deserved, and I see a greater future for Hutcherson as producer than as an actor - though he can keep doing acting as long as one day he plays that dream gay role I fully expect of him. Meanwhile, don't miss this colorful, meaningful film that somehow seems to float aimlessly in spite of all the drama.

I'm not too sure the director knew what he was trying to say here: it is his first picture. But they all did a hell of a job trying. As for Lauren Bacall, I imagine this was like a mini-vacation for the likes of her! Is there anyone left alive today who is her equal?!

With the additional talents of Billy Boyd, Adam Godley, an incredibly gorgeous Scott Eastwood (yes, Clint's son whose real name is Scott Reeves), and Dakota-Fanning-lookalike Hayden Panetierre as Joshua's love interest. Filmed on location in Carmel, California.


There's a passing of the torch evident here for Kentucky-born Hutcherson, who additionally has had to suffer rumors about his gay self. Here he is, in a film he produced, costarring with Lauren Bacall and Alfred Molina. Note, the only thing of interest he's done since this film is The Hunger Games, with whatever number of sequels to follow. Hutcherson started out as a mere boy doing TV until he landed the part of "the hero boy" in Polar Express. He then popped up conspicuously in Robin Williams' lame comeback comedy RV, playing Williams' son. He then starred in Bridge To Terabithia which annoyed a lot of people for some reason.

Hutcherson was sort of reborn as a sex symbol in Journey to the Center of Earth, by which time it was clear somebody was seeing to this boy's meteoric rise to stardom. After suffering The Kids Are All Right, Hutcherson showed his sweet self in the sequel to JOURNEY, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island (+ UltraViolet Digital Copy).

After he finally 'hit it big' in the overblown HUNGER GAMES he's gone on to star in a very busy 2013 schedule: the sequel THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (see him for now in Chase the Stars: The Cast of the Hunger Games), the remake RED DAWN, PARADISE LOST (based on the true story of the West Memphis Three) and he will of course be doing a second sequel to JOURNEY: JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3.

If he's not careful, he'll be the next Mel Gibson (in the best sense of the description).
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