The Forger
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2012
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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2012
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
on August 8, 2012
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
on September 30, 2012
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 23, 2012
this is a great book that holds you interest though out the entire story. I thoughly enjoyed this story and plan on looking for more by this director.
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on March 30, 2015
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2013
my daughter wanted to buy this movie and we ended up watching this great movie as a family! hope you enjoy it as much as we have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2013
Great movie. Josh Hutcherson is my daughter's favorite actor. Great movie and appropriate for a 13 year old. I love it
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 24, 2014
Movie was good, scenery spectacular! So many famous stars in the movie. This is a must buy movie for your library!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2013
This movie is amazing! I'm also in it, so I'm a little bias, but it's amazing! Great cast and great performances!
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