JT LeRoy

Director: Justin Kelly
Year Released: 2018
Rating: 0.5

Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart) visits her musician brother Geoff (Jim Sturgess) and his wife Laura Albert (Laura Dern) and gets coerced to be the "public face" of Albert's 'persona' "JT LeRoy" and eventually gets feelings for filmmaker/actress Eva (Diane Kruger, playing Asia Argento) who does a screen adaptation of one of Albert/LeRoy's books.  The Feuerzeig documentary from 2016 covered most of the important material surrounding this 'literary hoax,' leaving this, the husk: the main focus is on Savannah's 'romance' with Eva, but that never takes hold at all, and Kelly hasn't a single clue how to shape a scene to make it even moderately tolerable (Stewart mumbles through most of it).  What this also doesn't emphasize is that both Sarah and The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things are good books - think of them as Albert "getting into character" - but it does mention how the use of 'avatars' or alternate identities has become the norm in the age of social media.