JT LeRoy (2018)

R   |    |  Biography, Drama

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A young woman named Savannah Knoop spends six years pretending to be the celebrated author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law.




  • Laura Dern and Jim Sturgess in JT LeRoy (2018)
  • Kristen Stewart in JT LeRoy (2018)
  • Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart in JT LeRoy (2018)
  • Kristen Stewart in JT LeRoy (2018)
  • Kristen Stewart in JT LeRoy (2018)
  • Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart in JT LeRoy (2018)

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19 August 2019 | larrys3
| Never Seems to Gel Into a Powerful Drama
I watched this film not knowing anything about the books of Laura Albert or the true hoax that she partnered with Savannah Knoop to create. This movie is based on Knoop's memoirs and I thought it was a layered and complex film that never seemed to work the way the filmmakers intended it to.

Laura Dern is, as usual, terrific in her role as Albert. I really like the understated acting of Kristen Stewart, as a rule, but she's just too low-key here and against the overbearing and manipulative character of Dern's it just gets annoying to watch after a while. Kelvin Harrison Jr. shines in a supporting role and Diane Kruger is excellent here as well.

As I read, there's at least 1 doc on this whole affair so I may very well check that out and compare it to the movie. Overall, I can't say exactly why but I felt there was much more to this true story than what was given to us on screen.

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Release Date:

12 August 2019


English, French

Country of Origin

UK, Canada, USA

Filming Locations

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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