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The Forger (2012)

Josh Hutcherson , Hayden Panettiere , Lawrence Roeck  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Hutcherson, Hayden Panettiere, Alfred Molina, Lauren Bacall, Billy Boyd
  • Directors: Lawrence Roeck
  • Writers: Carlos De Los Rios
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Experience Media Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IU8YY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,786 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A 15 year old art prodigy abandoned by his drug addicted mother finds refuge in the picturesque art village of Carmel-by-the-sea, California. While trying to survive on his own, he is introduced to the high dollar underground world of art forgery.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Caramel by the Sea July 25, 2012
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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.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Forger March 29, 2013
By Cynthia
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good shape and no damage. Good movie! Thank you
Published 1 day ago by Pamela C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really good performances!
Published 16 days ago by alexis p.mapes
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Film but Could've Been Better
I will be blunt: on the one hand, I love the premise of this film. And how it's about art and the positive impact the arts can have on people, as well as the possible dark... Read more
Published 3 months ago by L.R. Ring
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Buy
Movie was good, scenery spectacular! So many famous stars in the movie. This is a must buy movie for your library!
Published 5 months ago by szneshkar
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible, awful movie.
There is not a single redeeming quality to this movie. Despite having decent actors, they all seem like they are putting on a grade school play. The story is terrible. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Duke Calazamionski
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely don't get a forged copy!
This movie is amazing! I'm also in it, so I'm a little bias, but it's amazing! Great cast and great performances!
Published 8 months ago by Josh
4.0 out of 5 stars love josh hutcherson
found this movie i was great no scratches was like new. it was on time as well really good pirce too
Published 11 months ago by melina Gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars A Twist on Being an Artist
I like the actor Josh Hutcherson but it was an added bonus to have Lauren Bacall in the movie as a main character as well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by IrishGrl
4.0 out of 5 stars A good lazy day movie
Good actors & an entertaining story. Could've gone a little deeper with some of the characters - storyline was pretty straightforward but interesting enough to keep me watching.
Published 13 months ago by Beth R
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Movie Never Got Off the Ground
The title says The Forger, but in the movie this is more like an after-thought. Wandering movie not sure where it wants to go. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Allegrobas
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