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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor
  • Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG9800
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,835 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Love You Phillip Morris" on IMDb

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• Audio commentary with producer Andrew Lazar and writers/directors John Requa & Glenn Ficarra
• “The Making of I Love You Phillip Morris” featurette
• Theatrical trailers

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Jim Carrey stars in the “outrageously funny” (Rolling Stone) true story of a spectacularly charismatic con man’s journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam – all in the name of love. Costarring Ewan McGregor, I Love You Phillip Morris is an unbelievably true comedy that’s being called “the best performance of Carrey’s career” (Village Voice).

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Jim Carrey likes to keep his career surprising--and few choices could be more unexpected than this unrepentantly gay romantic comedy. Based on a true story, I Love You, Phillip Morris follows Steven Russell (Carrey) from his beginnings as a cop who abuses his position to learn his birth mother's identity to a spectacular con man who embezzles enormous sums of money from a food-service corporation. During one of his bouts of prison, Russell meets Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor, Moulin Rouge!), a soft-spoken fellow prisoner who becomes the love of Russell's life--but who can't take Russell's free-wheeling, anything to break free and live life to the criminal fullest approach. Carrey seems miscast; his humor tends toward confrontation, and he lacks the seductive charm that Russell's con games would seem to need (McGregor, who is charm embodied, might have been a better choice). But some of Russell's prison escapes are truly flabbergasting and it's refreshing to see a movie with gay characters that isn't about them wrestling with their sexual identities. The flow of the story feels much like a Coen Bros. movie (Fargo or Raising Arizona) with its vivid, quirky characters and unpredictable plot. Also featuring Leslie Mann (Knocked Up) and Rodrigo Santoro (300). --Bret Fetzer

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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56 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Chris Pandolfi on December 6, 2010
Format: DVD
"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 to Russell's actions. It's a little like a magician revealing his secrets; the trick itself is a lot of fun, but seeing what went into making the trick work can be quite fascinating, especially when you realize just how much effort goes into making something look simple. The apparent ease with which he executes his schemes is equally mind boggling.

Jim Carrey's portrayal of Russell is a delightful bag of contradictions. He's funny but touching, exaggerated but believable, contemptible but justified, caring but manipulative. There are times when it seems like he's thinking of no one other than himself, and there are other times when it's clear that he does what he does out of love. It's a daring, complex performance, and it's for reasons other than the fact that his character is gay; it establishes that Carrey is capable of something deeper than outlandish personalities and extreme physical comedy. His take on Russell is engaging, although it's not necessarily understandable. This isn't a criticism. Sometimes, it's preferable for audiences to figure out characters for themselves, for them to put their own spin on why certain people are they are way they are.

We're given a small glimpse of his childhood, in which he learns that he was adopted.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 6, 2010
Format: DVD
I tend to underestimate Jim Carrey and then I see him in one of his better movies and realize what a serious mistake it was to do so. Typically I've been thinking of him as "just a comic" and not an actor. He is really a superb actor who is also a very funny comic.

I normally adore Ewan McGregor and he is just fine here. However, Carrey is just fantastic. I did not realize this was based on a real life con man until the end of the film. I thought it was fictional. The plot is Carrey as con man supreme who falls in love with McGregor when they are in prison together. The only problem is that Carrey can't stop himself from continuing his cons. The cons are terrically entertaining.

This is a dramedy, a comedy mixed with drama. It really works as both and I would not want one to dominate the other. As it is, a perfect blend is achieved.

These two do an absolutely superb job of playing gay men. I've seen a lot of films about gay men but never one like this. By having two major film actors play gay men in love, there are nuances and depths which are brought forth in this film which I don't think have ever been seen before.

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44 of 53 people found the following review helpful By I. Sondel VINE VOICE on August 7, 2010
Format: DVD
I simply couldn't wait any longer for this film to open in America, so I bought the DVD from AmazonUK (yes, I have a region free DVD player).

OMG this is one of the best films I've seen this year. Jim Carrey gives a performance worthy of year end award consideration in this funny, absurd and poignant romantic comedy about a gay con-artist. This is the Carrey of The Truman Show, Man on the Moon and Eternal Sunshine, and he shines in an often challenging role. Ewan MacGregor is equally affecting in the role of Carrey's love interest. There are some broad and outrageous moments; this is a comedy after all. However, there are an equal number of lovely, tender moments of romance and passion.

This film has been in some legal battles and so the American distribution has been held up. I hope these problems get resolved and this finds its way to a theatre near you. Don't miss it.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By C. Sawin VINE VOICE on December 10, 2010
Format: DVD
When he's not forcing his rather over the top and extremely physical humor down your throat, Jim Carrey is actually an actor with talent. He's proven this fact in films like The Majestic and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Ewan McGregor also has a reputation for making the most out of what he has to work with. He was one of the few things that kept The Island from being a complete waste of time and it seems like nearly everybody loves Trainspotting (and for good reason). But what would a film be like if these two rather talented actors portrayed a gay couple that on top of that was also based on a true story? That's where I Love You Phillip Morris comes in.

Steven Jay Russell (Carrey) decides to come out of the closet and be his true self after a fateful car accident. As a gay man, Steven wants to live it up but doesn't make enough money to live the type of life he wants to live. His other calling as a conman begins to show its face and it eventually leads him to prison. Once in prison, he meets Phillip Morris (McGregor) who he eventually falls in love with. They soon begin to realize they can't bear to be apart from one another. Steven takes it upon himself to come up with an elaborate scheme that would keep them together forever, but all doesn't go according to plan. One scheme leads to another, which leads to another, and so on. But even when things seem to be in the clear, Steven finds himself falling into old habits and may lose Phillip because of it. Despite what they say, falling in love isn't nearly as hard as staying out of prison.

Steven and Phillip's relationship is the main attraction of the film. The chemistry Carrey and McGregor share on screen is really pretty phenomenal. Jim Carrey gives what is quite possibly the performance of his career.
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"explicit homosexuality"? Oh please...what could they have shown that made the MPAA all panicky? The movie is rated R, so it couldn't be THAT bad. Perhaps the home release will be unrrated?
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