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Plot: A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with. Runtime: 102 mins Release Date: 19 May 2009
It's more unique than rare that a film affects me this much. The center, the emotional center of Phillip Morris has entered my subconscious in a way that I can't quite describe. It changed my perception of things. This is the first time I see two men kissing that made complete sense. I believe and understood like never before the "normalness" of the feeling. I liked "Brokeback Mountain" too but in that case, the torturous path of self-loathing that the Heath Ledger character goes trough, kept me at the periphery of the story like a sympathetic, moved spectator. <more>
Here I was part of it, of them. I'm sure Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor have a lot to do with it. No cheap shots, no low comedy. They are so true that you can't help loving them and rooting for them, flaws and all. I predict "I Love You Phillip Morris" will become the sleeper of 2009.
Stranger And More Human Than Fiction (by totalwonder)
Certain images and moments of this stunning surprise come to visit me in the middle of my day. Phillip Morris has become someone to me. Someone I crave to revisit. Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor create, not merely a novelty but a revolution of sorts. They took what is still a taboo and gave it a human, a truly human face. The story seems a recreation of Spielberg's "Catch me if you Can" or Robert Mulligan's "The Great Impostor" but "I love You Philip Morris" has a life all of its own. Jim Carrey uses what made him famous to present us with a unique, true <more>
character, in all its complexities, contradictions and depth. It is a staggering performance that will make me look at this actor from now own under a new light and with oodles of renewed respect. Ewan McGregor comes back to renew his early promise with a character of such tender honesty that I'm sure will re-open the book of his career with a brand new, brilliant chapter.
Excellent! Smart comedy for smart people! (by aiga)
Now, don't be alarmed! Yes, it is a movie about gay love, which might make some people feel uncomfortable, but please do see past that! Open your mind and you will see that it is an amazing story about an amazing man told in the most funny and sincere manner. I mean, wow! If I would have a hat, I would take it off to honor these people who have been brave enough and daring enough to take up this story and created such an excellent movie. It is a some what sensitive topic. Well yeh, but in the movie it is merely a background against which all the action takes place.I believe that the world <more>
has grown and its views on homosexuality are not as strict as they used to be some years ago. I hope that people are not going to be hypocrites and, by saying that the subject of men-to-men love is not acceptable to them, ignore this movie.The movie is about a man named Steven Russell - a man who has never figured out who he really is and what is his place in this world. He has seen it all and done it all, but everything has been merely a preamble to what's coming. He meets his true love. He meets Phillip Morris. From then on he lives for this man. All he does is for the soul purpose of making his other half happy and that is what gets him into trouble. It happens just because there are no limits to what he would do for the man he loves. Also, his imagination and creativity is endless. There are not as many people who would do the same for those who we love.Though it is very funny, featuring fresh humor which is based more in the situations than actual jokes and funny one-liners, it is just as sad. It is even tragic. I guess that is the way with life: after flying high there comes a low fall. Since the movie is based on actual events, there is no alternative ending. But I want to say: let's not get sad! Let's look at this movie as a celebration of life and love. It is a wonderful, but in the end heart-breaking love story.To conclude I want to point out the outstanding performance of the two main actors – Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey. I don't have a large enough vocabulary to describe how much I enjoyed it. For Carrey it is not a typical part, but he does wonders with it. I wish we would see him more often in movies like this I mean smart and deep . His comedy experience brings new quality to the drama genre. However he is a first rate actor, who makes us laugh and cry, and that is why we love him no matter what movie he is in. McGregor is equally good. The fact is they both make us believe when we watch the movie and that is the testimony of how great they really are.
Funny, Sad and True! from May Nashville preview (by amanda-694)
There's really only one thing you need to ask yourself before you see this movie: are you prepared to see Jim Carrey getting it on with Ewan MacGregor? If so, you should definitely go.The movie tells the true story—and trust me, you'll have trouble believing it's true—of Steven Russell, a gay man who just can't stop conning his way through life. He uses his extraordinary abilities to gain a variety of jobs, gets indicted for embezzlement, and wins the love of the titular Phillip Morris while the two are fellow inmates in prison."I Love You Phillip Morris" was <more>
written and directed by Glen Ficarra and John Requa, the same writing team responsible for "Bad Santa". Like "Bad Santa", this movie effectively balances humor and with some very dark themes, though I would say the overall tone is not nearly as bleak as that of the earlier movie.The writers told the Nashville audience that when choosing material to include from Steve McVicker's nonfiction book, they decided they primarily wanted to tell the love story. They do so very successfully. You might even call this the perfect romantic comedy for people who hate traditional romantic comedies: it's homo- rather than hetero-oriented, it's non-fiction, and it features a somewhat off-kilter con man as the romantic lead. Sounds bizarre, sure, and yet all these elements come together to make a really entertaining movie.For the most part Jim Carrey loses himself in the character of Steven Russell, delivering an effectively non-hammy and non-Carrey comic performance. MacGregor's Phillip Morris is also believably innocent, Southern, and wide-eyed. Nice supporting performances, such as Leslie Mann's as Russell's ex-wife Deb, round out the movie.Much of the romance takes place in prison, and this creates many beautifully absurd scenes. The movie also has its fair share of sad moments, and contains a pretty clear message about social justice in Texas -- as did the book-- but this is kept mercifully subtle, underlying rather than overshadowing the story.The directors said they hoped the movie would make spectators laugh, cry and think, and the Nashville audience seemed to do all three. There were a lot of laughs but some definite sniffles at the appropriate moments. At the Q&A, there was a fair amount of interest in the real story, and Ficarra, McVicker, and Requa were happy to oblige with further information.Come to think of it, you may not have to worry about seeing the two leads have sex. Although the love scenes were kept technically PG, the directors were expecting a fight with the MPAA because of the homosexual content. That's a real pity, but I hope they win.
With A Message To The Marketing People. (by roastmary-1)
A few months ago I put my name down for a preview of "I Love You Phillip Morris" I RSVP with plenty of time but the day before the screening I was called and informed that they had overbooked so I was dropped off. Strange I thought because some people I know had RSVP'd much later than me and they were included in the screening. Why? Because I was born in 1940 and the other were people in their 30's. One of them took me has his guest and surprise, surprise I was the one who loved the movie and has become since then a promoter of the film, so much so that people call me, me! <more>
to ask me "Do you know when it will be released? I have to tell the marketing experts that they got the age thing completely wrong and discrimination of this kind doesn't serve the film very well at all. Now, that out of the way, let me talk about this extraordinary film. A true story no less. A con-man searching for love and a romance like no other. Jim Carrey is superb and I bet that, if producers and distributors resolve their nonsense, he'll be a strong contender at the Oscars 2011. He injects his character with the kind of truth I hadn't seen before in a Jim Carrey performance. Much more than in "Man On The Moon" or "The Truman Show" The character allows him to be the great funny man that he is and at the same time there are layers and layers of new inedited brilliance. And if that wasn't enough, Ewan McGregor! A masterful portrayal of someone finding love in the most unexpected man in the most unexpected place. The scene of them falling in love has become one of my favorites. Now, you marketing people, will you let me in next time?
Warm, moving and really rather brilliant. (by By-TorX-1)
I Love You Philip Morris is a film that has a clear sense of warmth and is supported by superb performances. In terms of narrative, it is a romp, but one that takes some surprising if not dark turns. The film is not lightweight and tells the story of an inveterate conman. However, the love story, that between Steven Russell Jim Carrey and Philip Morris Ewan McGregor , is touching, passionate and totally convincing. But while Carrey does inevitably, one should suppose teeter on the manic in places, it is McGregor who is the film's real revelation.With his blond hair and <more>
softly-spoken Southern American accent, McGregor easily gives one of the best performances I have seen him offer and represents a highly credible source of Russell's desire. The romantic and sexual relationship between the two central characters is not glossed over, and the film is all the better for it. Ultimately, I Love You Philip Morris ranks as a fine piece of drama that also works as a comedy, albeit it a bittersweet one. All in all, if you haven't seen it, then see it!
My 327th Review: An important film that shows the world has changed - entertaining too (by intelearts)
I love You Philip Morris is an exceptional film, not because of the script, acting, or filming all of which are above average but simply because it seriously tries to take a homosexual relationship and show it as a heterosexual one and does so without the squirm.Maybe the world still ain't ready this is most under-reviewed of any Carey film on IMDb but it is a good film.With strong elements of humor, con tricks, prison, and a heart that is genuine, it is a very entertaining film.Hopefully it is a ground-breaking film. It is enjoyable , has real depth, and you would need to be mean <more>
spirited indeed to find it repugnant in any way.Go see, then complain.
A fine romance, my friend, this is... (by MOscarbradley)
Coming as it does from the two guys who wrote "Bad Santa", Glenn Ficarra and John Requa , that most misanthropic of Christmas movies, I had high, or should I say low, expectations of "I love you, Phillip Morris", touted as a kind of 'gay rom-com' and based on a true story. At the beginning we are told that 'this really happened' and then, as if to counter any misgivings we might be having, 'it really did' since the story that unfolds is one you could hardly make up: truth, it seems, really is stranger than fiction.Hollywood, of course, is not known <more>
for handling gay subjects with any degree of sensitivity and when they do they results are often po-faced at best. Of course, sensitivity is hardly what one expects from these guys - gross-out might be nearer the mark. The pleasant surprise of "I love you, Phillip Morris" is that it succeeds in being tasteless, or rather happily un-pc , and touching almost simultaneously. It is also very, very funny.The central character isn't the titular Phillip but the guy who says 'I love you'. Steven Russell is gay and a con-man and having 'come out', as the former if not the latter, he concludes that the kind of gay lifestyle he has grown accustomed to is very expensive. Until he is caught he seemed to me to be a very successful con-man, but not successful enough and he ends up in prison where he meets and falls in love with, very quickly, and not so much across a crowded room as across an empty prison library , said Phillip Morris. His love for Phillip seems irrational and all-encompassing and when he is released he uses his powers of conman ship to get Phillip released too. After that his life is dedicated to earning or rather conning his employers out of enough money to keep Phillip happy. Or is it? I got the distinct impression that Steven became so caught up in his own deceptions he almost forgot Phillip existed. Finally he is caught and imprisoned again and the rest of their lives are spent in and out of various jails.It's a touching tale, a love story where the love is definitely palpable; that it's between two guys is totally irrelevant. The 'issue' of their sexuality is not an issue at all. Steven's gayness and his coming out is dispensed with in one or two good jokes and that's it, Q.E.D. Once established it ceases to be a problem, if ever it was a problem to start with, and the last thing "I love you, Phillip Morris" is is a problem picture . If, on the other hand, you find the sight of two men kissing or the idea of having anal and oral sex, less explicit than it could have been , or if you find gay stereotyping and jokes about AIDS too near the knuckle then "I love you, Phillip Morris" is not for you. However, should you have an un healthy sense of humour and an open-mind you are likely to have a ball.Substantial performances from Jim Carrey as Steven and Ewan McGregor, his best part and best performance in years , as Phillip go a long way to boost the film's credibility, not to mention its likability. Not that Steven is a particularly likable guy. Actually, if he moved in next door to me I think I would move house. At one point Steven's ex-wife, yes, he's also gone down the heterosexual road as well , asks if the stealing and 'the gay thing' could be linked and while Steven would be the first to tell you he steals in order to keep up his gay lifestyle, his 'problems' are never explained or even explored in terms of his sexuality. His sexuality, the movie is telling us, is integral to his nature and has been since childhood. His hyperactive imagination and over-the-top personality are something else again. Gay or straight, Steven isn't someone I would want to know. Phillip, on the other hand, is sweetness personified and the voice of reason in Steven's world. Unfortunately it's a voice Steven doesn't seem to hear.I laughed out loud several times during this film though I did find the ending genuinely sad. There can be no happy ending for Steven and Phillip since Steven never sees the error of his ways. His life may be exotic and dangerous and may make for a great movie but in reality it is sad and really rather pathetic. Steven's stealing is a form of psychosis from which he is never cured and in the end it is his downfall. For the length of this smart and funny film his loss is our gain.
Fanatical gays may overrate; bigots might rebuff (by jegpad)
I suspect the voting on this film may be misleading to those looking for an objective view. I'd suggest in terms of film-making it is very well done, the cinematography especially. Snappy editing is delightful and carries the viewer along. Even the potentially shocking moments are damn funny. I guffawed at the initial gay revelatory scene - classic anti-Mary Whitehouse agitprop.I was expecting to cringe at the serious love and I mean the love scenes between Carrey and McGregor. But they played their parts superbly and placed firmly into today's culture a 'normal' gay <more>
relationship without any hint of the sexuality being an issue. Really ground-breaking stuff. I could have been watching Clooney and Roberts for all the difference it made, except they wouldn't have acted as well. Actually, there are a couple of scenes where Carrey hides the gay relationship from his work colleagues in order to further his conman career, but then he lied about everything and everyone, even Phillip.What's more, it's a true story which makes the facts of the story unquestionable in terms of credibility. You couldn't make it up!And it's great to see Carrey taking on roles which test his acting rather than showmanship. They must have had a blast doing this, and what a giggle seeing McGregor trying to keep a straight face.May be a little lengthy, so DVD viewing is advised.