Movie Review: Best Sellers

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In reviewing the movie Best Sellers I could just say three words, Sir Michael Caine. That’s usually enough for me but no doubt you want more. So here’s why you should definitely see his latest movie.

Movie Review: Best Sellers
Sir Michael Caine in Best Sellers

Best Sellers, the movie is a story about Harris Shaw (Sir Michael Caine), a reclusive, retired author. His first book was a massive hit but that was decades ago and there’s been no sign of a second.

Enter Lucy Stanbridge (Aubrey Plaza), a young editor trying to hold onto the publishing house left to her by her father. With the wolves at the door Lucy is looking for that one book that will keep the business afloat.

Unable to source an author she stumbles across an old contract that suggests Shaw owes them a book. When they realise Shaw is in fact alive, not dead as assumed, there’s a glimmer of hope as it was in fact Shaw who first put the business on the map. All Lucy has to do is visit Shaw and remind him of his commitment to her father. Simple. But then she meets the man.


Shaw is a disgruntled, bitter, stubborn man who isn’t prepared to help anyone, including himself. However he does have a problem. He owes a lot of money and could be forced out of this house, onto the street.

He also just happens to have a new book in the bottom draw. He hates the book but the initial contract with Lucy’s father stipulates that no one else can edit his works. The contract also states that he must do a book tour. So begins an hilarious road trip.


Best Sellers is a road movie like no other, full of laughter and tears. It’s a delight for any fellow authors out there who’ve had to endure the banality of a book tour. Sir Michael Caine is as brilliant as ever. He must have had a blast doing some of the scenes.

Rating 8/10

For more information go to Luna Cinema or Palace Cinema

Starts November 25th.Make sure you check out the full list of British Film Festival movies.

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