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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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  • 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.)
  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007IU8YY4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,940 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By AmentLVR on 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 By stephenspaeth on July 5, 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...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wesley j nixon on December 29, 2014
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The Forger with Josh Hutcherson and Hayden Panettiere. Rated PG-13 (though I don't know why it's not PG. There's not much language, no sexual content, and no violence, except for a fight. The only thing I can think of which would give it a PG-13 rating is that it deals with a teenager committing a major crime; forgery.)

The Forger is about a young homeless boy, Joshua, who just happens to be a painting prodigy. He breaks into houses to get food, clothes, and an occasional night's sleep if the homeowner is not there. He has a compulsion to paint. One of the opening scenes is him painting the ceiling of the hotel room his mother abandoned him in.

Joshua breaks into the home of a renowned artist, Everly, to get some food. While exploring the home, he sees an unfinished picture of a turbulent sea. He can't help but finish the painting. After he's finished, he figures the homeowner will not be home for a while and decides to take a nap. Everly returns home and catches Joshua. Instead of being mad, he's intrigued by Joshua's work, and convinces the police to give him temporary custody of the boy.

Everly turns out to be an art forger, and the painting Joshua finishes is a forgery which is convincing enough to sell for a hefty profit. Everly enlists Joshua's talents to continue his business venture of selling forgeries. Joshua learns all of the different techniques of painting, along with the ins and outs of producing believable forgeries.

While living with Everly, Joshua meets another artist, Anne-Marie, whom he can relate to, and often goes to visit the older lady. It turns out that Anne-Marie has a sordid past with Everly which is a sore subject to her.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By resmitty on August 8, 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Carr on September 30, 2012
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This film is pretty good. The acting and story is good with some people you do not see often. Alfred Molina as always, plays a guy you just love to hate and the as usual and forever beautiful Lauren Bacall is his co-star.

Decent story line, good acting but is just felt like a Lifetime Channel movie.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Krystina on August 6, 2012
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Rented this movie to watch because of Josh Hutcherson. One star for the part where he bandages his hand wound after he showers, otherwise don't waste your money. Terrible movie, there's a reason it was a straight to DVD release.
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Josh Hutcherson's films are not that popular as those of some other rising young stars in Hollywood these days. His best film was Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2012) and the Hunger Games (2012) all others appear to be disappointing for one reason or another. I suppose "The Forger" is worth watching if only for the fine performance of Lauren Bacall and fans of Josh Hutcherson. Hutcherson plays a fifteen year-old but looks more like a twenty-something. So you have to just ignore this. The film has a descent plot that isn't boring but it could be better. Hutcherson's character, in some attempt to act more juvenile, overdoes the temper tantrums. He presents his character as an extremely-tallented artist who is quite intelligent. Then allows himself to be manipulated, which only points back to being too old to be a fifteen-year-old. The bottom line is, this film good for watching, but not one that you would come back to a few more times like "The Maze Runner."
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