The story of J.T. Leroy and the sociopath behind the literary phenomenon (putting her name in the review only rewards her despicable stab at celebrity) is genuinely intriguing since the ruse is so elaborate that only a truly deranged criminal mastermind could make it up. The testimony of all the victims who were trapped into the charismatic web of “J.T. Leroy” is powerful, but the film somewhat betrays them with its finale that positions J.T.’s alter ego as a crusading warrior of feminism who manipulated a system that doesn’t publish books by sub-par middle-aged female writers. Exploiting marginalized groups isn’t something to champion, even if it’s to prop up another.
Rating: ★★½ (out of ★★★★★)
The Cult of JT Leroy screens:
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