Josh Hutcherson is having a bad month. First, there was some not-so-fun surgery for his nose (turns out he had a deviated septum!) Then there was the news that The Forger, which formerly went by the much better title of Carmel-by-the-Sea, was pronounced Straight-to-DVD.
Even the best of actors has a fluke film every now and again. His fluke comes right on the heels of The Hunger Games, though The Forger was filmed long before. Josh plays the main character, also named Joshua, who is abandoned by his mother and soon finds himself living with faltering artist Everly (Alfred Molina). Of course, Everly funds his art by selling forged paintings and it’s not long until he’s got Joshua knee deep in his fraudulent art scams.
Sounds interesting, right? That’s what we thought too! It’s not just Josh! The rest of the cast sounds fabulous too! There’s Alfred Molina and Lauren Bacall and Billy Boyd and Tricia Helfer. We’ll even let Hayden Panettiere slide! When we first heard about the movie about a year ago, it was accompanied by an intriguing, charming trailer with the promise that the film was COMING SOON.
But the film didn’t come. Instead, we only got the new, sexied-up-for-the-wrong-audience trailer with a voiceover that was shown at the American Film Market as filmmakers tried to find distributors for the movie. The trailer tried to catch the eye of teens who.. lyke.. totes luv Josh!!1! The problem is that the movie’s plot and general themes are probably geared toward the 30+ crowd.
Then this month, the official notice on the film’s status came: Straight to DVD, aka “Dead in the water”. It’s not Josh’s fault, of course. He’s not responsible for the marketing campaign presented to distributors, nor did he create the concept for the film. In fact, this could still be a decent film.
The Forger is out on DVD on July 3. If we can find a decent way to watch a ripped or pirated version of the film, we may just give it a shot!
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