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I Love You Phillip Morris

A 2009 romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glen Ficarra.

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I Love You Phillip Morris

  • Mar 16, 2011
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I was interested in this seeing as I love Jim Carrey and I like Ewan MacGregor. Plus, its based on a true story and it is a love story about gay men, which isn't done really in Hollywood seeing as homosexuality is a rather touchy subject. Anyway, I saw it and I absolutely adored it. It's funny as expected, but not in a gut-busting laugh out loud sort of way. It's also surprisingly emotionally powerful and a true love story, one that isn't explored much in Hollywood. I mean think about it, the only one off the top of my head I can think of is Brokeback Mountain, and even then, those were bisexual cowboys.

I Love You Phillip Morris is a sweet, touching, funny, and incredibly powerful comedy/drama about Steven Russell (Carrey), a typical church-going southern man, happily married to a wife and with a young daughter. We soon discover he only joined the police force to find his biological mother, who spurns him and he promptly quits. It takes a car accident for him to figure out that he shouldn't hide who he is anymore. He promptly comes out to his wife and moves to Florida to live the stereotypical gay lifestyle that he's always dreamed of. He soon realizes that the lifestyle was very expensive and he had to commit all sorts of frauds to keep that up.

He soon lands in prison where he meets the titular Phillip Morris (McGregor) a charming, sweet, handsome man that he promptly falls in love with him. They write eachother for months while they were in separate divisions of the prison and they both get released and are free to be together. Their journey towards love is a bit tumultuous however, as Steven does whatever he can to make Phillip happy and have him lead a happy life. Unfortunately that lands both him and Phillip back in prison and Phillip is now very pissed at Steven. However, it takes drastic measures for Steven to prove that he still loves Phillip and for Phillip to love him back.

I had never heard much about the real-life story of Steven Russell and Phillip Morris, but this movie makes the true story look fascinating and I may investigate it further. The facts may or may not be true, but the film maintains its sweet, romantic, funny tone throughout its running time. If you're looking for a hilarious film, then you are going to be disappointed. If you're looking for an interesting story about two men deeply in love with eachother, then you won't be disappointed. Some of you may think that a 90 is too high, but you see the movie and say it doesn't deserve it.

The film features three wonderful performances. Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor are the couple at the focus of the movie, and they both give some of the finest performances of their careers. This proves once again that Jim Carrey can dial down the goofy and give great powerful performances that makes him one of my all-time favourite actors. Ewan McGregor did a wonderful job playing the sweet-natured Phillip Morris and they had wonderful chemistry as a couple. There was also Leslie Mann as Steven's kind ex-wife Debbie.

I don't have much else to say about this movie other than it is one of my new favourites. Great performances, great drama, and all in all a great movie. I would recommend this in general, unless you have more conservative views on homosexuality and I would recommend this if you liked Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or The Truman Show. Just simply a fantastic film and again, one of my new favourites of all time.

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review by . May 06, 2011
One of the best rolls I've seen Jim Carey in by far!!!!
I loved this movie mainly because I love to watch movies based on real people and facts. I’m a nerd, so I always watch the special features and I like to read up on the real people to see how much the movie differs from the real facts and surprisingly, they didn’t change much. This movie stars Jim Carey as Steven Russell, a cop living in Georgia, who after a life-changing event realizes he’s gay and begins to live his life that way. He is a married man with a child, so instead …
review by . May 01, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
***1/2 out of ****     What makes "I Love You Phillip Morris" a special 2010 release is not its nigh consistent sense of humor, not only the taut performances, and not only the smart script; but also the heart that this film has, and it's bigger than that of most movies I've seen recently. Few movies have hearts at all, which doesn't surprise me, because money-grabbing cinema cannot have a heart, much less should it be called "cinema". Anyways, I must get back to this review. …
review by . January 17, 2011
Some have suggested that Jim Carrey is poorly cast in the role of Steven Russell, the con artist whose story is told in I LOVE YOU, PHILLIP MORRIS. It's been said that his performances are too glossy, too on-the-surface for us to believe him as lovestruck and will to do everything and anything for that love.     I believe he is IDEALLY cast because of that. It's true that Carrey is not a classically trained actor...he is just very good at faking emotion (lots of actors do that, …
review by . December 08, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
“I Love You Philip Morris” tells the real life story of Steven Jay Russell, who in 1998 received an unprecedented 144-year prison sentence for fraud, conning, impersonating, and multiple escapes from Houston’s Harris County Jail. The film shows us sequences that seem utterly impossible, but in fact actually happened, which only goes to show that truth really is stranger than fiction. No, I will not describe them to you. Enjoying the film depends on the audience’s reaction …
review by . April 23, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
I Don't Love You, Phillip Morris
I LOVE YOU PHILILP MORRIS   Written and Directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra   Starring Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor and Leslie Mann       Phillip Morris: Enough romance. Let’s fuck.       I suppose it is fitting that a movie about a man who never quite grasps who he truly is should suffer from the same issues. I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS is a rather ridiculous account of the life of Steven Jay Russell, an American con man …
Quick Tip by . May 31, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
What a trippy movie. I love that it's filmed as Steven Russell's state of mind, where everything is tranquil, rationalized and all rainbows despite all the trouble and harm that he caused, and the severity of his crimes. I can't think of a better actor for this role than Jim Carey. Totally convincing.
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The story begins with Russell, played by Jim Carrey, on his deathbed recalling the events of his life that led him there. He begins with his life in Texas as a happily married police officer who plays the organ at church, prays every night with his wife (Leslie Mann) and spends his off hours searching for the biological mother who gave him up as a child. That, and hes gay. But after finding and being handily rejected by the mother who gave him up as a baby, Steven leaves his life and family behind to go out into the world and be his true, flamboyantly gay self. He moves to Miami, finds a boyfriend (Rodrigo Santoro) and begins living the high life. He realizes quickly though, that a life of luxury is expensive, leading this resourceful former cop to turn to a life as a conman. But when his con work finally catches up with him, Steven is sent to prison where he meets, and almost instantly falls in love with Phillip Morris, played by Ewan McGregor. From there the story becomes a Don Quixote-esque story of a forlorn lover who cannot bear to be separated from his soul-mate. He will go to any lengths to be with Phillip, including but not limited to breaking out of jail on multiple occasions, impersonating Phillips lawyer and fraudulently becoming the CFO of a major corporation.
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Movies, Drama Movies, Comedy Movies, Jim Carrey, Ewan Mcgregor, Jim Carrey Movies, I Love You Phillip Morris, Glen Ficarra

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Director: Glen Ficarra
Genre: Drama
Release Date: Dec. 3, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: John Requa
Studio: Freestyle Releasing
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