I Love You Phillip Morris
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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).
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
• “The Making of I Love You Phillip Morris” featurette
• Theatrical trailers
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relationship, this clever con artist does an abrupt flip to a gay persona, but eventually pushes the envelope and winds up in the slammer for his fraudulent pursuits. There he encounters the winsome blond sweet-natured Phillip, fetchingly played by the superb Ewan McGregor, and the rest is a torrid love story played out in what might seem like an improbable locale......behind bars. There is plenty of classic Carrey over-the-top hilarity cleverly woven into this touching tale of two
would-be soulmates, one of whom never quite overcomes his deceitful nature. This sleeper is worth a reawakening!
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