Set in the ’Nam and Nixon-plagued ’70s, The Hoax tells the true-ish tale of failed-novelist-turned-con-artist Clifford Irving (Richard Gere), who convinced the world he had his hands on billionaire hermit Howard Hughes’ exclusive life story. It was the balls-out scam of the century, and with the aid of pal Dick Suskind (a comically-adept Alfred Molina), Irving pulled it off. Well, almost... No one makes average dramas with quite the flair for middling mediocrity as Lasse Hallström, and this is just as watchably polished as Chocolat or The Cider House Rules. It eludes dullness thanks to a peppy performance from Gere, whose innate mix of boyish charm and mid-life desperation is exactly what’s needed to propel the jaunty wheeze along. Extras were sadly unavailable at press time but the list includes a Making Of, interviews, deleted scenes and footage of the real Irving’s appearance on 60 Minutes.