I thought this had some promise, because (as you see)
gracefully-aging fine actor
Richard Gere is staring out from the DVD box with an impish twinkle in
his eye. And the subject of the movie is Clifford Irving's attempt to
publish a phony "autobiography" of reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes,
which I was actually alive for in the early 70's and I remembered it as
kind of a hoot.
So I was set up for a kind of light-hearted caper movie. Bzzzt! Wrong
Although there's some of that at the beginning, as Gere and his schlumpy
assistant, played by Alfred Molina, concoct and execute their wacky
scheme, appealing to the greed and vanity of their publisher, deceiving
sources, lying to friends, associates, spouses, etc.
But the filmmakers eventually
go the "honest" route themselves: as it turns out, living a life of
fraud and deception has its negative consequences!
I'm enough of a conservative to appreciate that, but it wasn't very
interesting as a movie.
Also, the movie gets kind of tricky with reality near the end, it's
unclear how much of what's onscreen is real, and how much is out of
Irving's eventual self-delusion. A far-fetched Nixon/Watergate tie-in is
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