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Interesting ... but not gripping!,
This review is from: The Hoax [DVD] (DVD)
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I thought I might enjoy this film, as the basic premise sounding intriguing enough - however, I did find it a tad slow, and the plot/characters not especially convincing.
I didn't think this one of Richard Gere's better performances; he plays Clifford Irving, a desperate writer who fools the publishing world into believing he is Howard Hughes' official biographer. Despite his outrageous lies/claims, I felt Irving was portrayed as both dull and not an especially likeable character, and this, perhaps, prevented me from fully engaging with the film. Alfred Molina, (who plays Irving's researcher/assistant), puts in the best performance, but it wasn't enough to make it worth watching. The plot/action dragged in the final third, and it was something of an effort to keep watching right through to the end.
Perhaps worth renting, but not a DVD I'd recommend to buy.