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I Love You Phillip Morris

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

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One of the best rolls I've seen Jim Carey in by far!!!!

  • May 6, 2011
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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 of telling his wife, he moves them to Texas and begins to live on the D.L., but not for long.

 He goes from a law-abiding citizen to a con man which eventually lands him in jail where he meets the love of his life, Phillip Morris, played by Ewan McGregor.

Although he’s a con man, I found myself rooting for them the entire movie because their love for each other was so genuine. I mean he broke out of jail multiple times just to be with his love.

When I researched the real Steven Russell, I read that he has an IQ of 163, which if you see or already saw the movie, it’s believable. This man escaped from prison so many times, he’s been giving the knick name of Houdini and King Con.

I won’t spoil the movie for those who haven’t seen it, but I will say the last time he got caught he was given a 144 year sentence and his time wouldn’t be fully served until July 12, 2140, according to Wikipedia. So you can pretty much say he’s in jail for life. He is currently 53 years old.

The movie, although it’s based on a real person, is hilarious and one of the boldest roles I’ve ever seen Jim Carey play. I give him two thumbs way up!!!

One of the best rolls I've seen Jim Carey in by far!!!! The real Steven Russell

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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 . March 16, 2011
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 …
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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Director: Glen Ficarra
Genre: Drama
Release Date: Dec. 3, 2010
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: John Requa
Studio: Freestyle Releasing
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