I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)
  • Time: 98 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Cast: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann

Storyline:

Bad Santa co-screenwriters Glenn Ficara and John Requa re-team for this fact-based black comedy starring Jim Carrey as a Virginia police officer-turned-con man who makes the leap to white-collar criminal after being sent to prison and falling in love with his sensitive cellmate. Steve Russell (Carrey) is a small-town cop. Bored with his bland lifestyle, Russell turns to fraud as a means of shaking things up. Before long, Russell’s criminal antics have landed him behind bars, where he encounters the charismatic Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Smitten, Russell devotes his entire life to being with Morris regardless of the consequences.

One review

  • Jim Carrey ventures into new territory in this tragicomedy as a gay con man and escape artist who uses his lawyer-sized brain to seize the moment and immerse himself in his homosexual side (he’s married in a hetero relationship), to look for love while he’s serving time in prison. He locks glances with Ewan McGregor and comes on pretty strong to the soft-spoken, naive Southern boy who’s afraid to go into the prison yard because of his blond good looks.

    The story leaps forward with a lot of twists and turns as Carrey uses all of his escape artist techniques to con everyone he comes into contact with. But things get rough for the intimate relationship with McGregor when the naive and simple blond man rebels against the lavish life style Carrey buys for him with his fraudulent schemes.

    The acting is splendid from Carrey and McGregor, but the story doesn’t get really touching until the last forty minutes when the amazing con artist takes drastic measures to keep McGregor at his side.

    Clearly, not a film for a wide public but it’s a story that is not only involving, especially toward the end, but is based on an amazing true “catch me if you can” kind of story that has been given some artistic license for minor changes.

    McGregor gives a heartfelt performance as the embittered and broken lover who still cannot let go of someone who let him down with lies. His last few scenes are especially moving.

    Played for both tragedy and comedy, it’s a mixture that doesn’t always work but it’s certainly not a complete misfire and deserves wider acceptance from open-minded viewers without hearts of stone.

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