Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Review: The Hoax

The year is 1971 and author Clifford Irving has landed the book deal of the century. Exclusive interviews with Howard Hughes, the world's most (in)famous recluse. Problem is, it's all fake. And so the story goes with The Hoax, the film portraying the man behind the sham and how he came SO close to getting away with it (if it weren't for those meddling kids and their dog!). This was a cool little history lesson film, full of surprises and fun facts, like the book directly led to the Watergate scandal. I had no clue. While this definetly won't be the big blockbuster con movie of the year (Ocean's 13 is sure to be a smash) The Hoax is definetly a film worth seeing. Fine performances are turned in all around, especially by Alfred Molina as Gere's partner in crime, Dick. I really hope the academy remembers this movie come supporting actor nomination time. So if you want a con movie that tells it straight and doesn't make the con men the "heroes" of the film, The Hoax is for you.

My Rating: 8.5/10

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