Rated R

Comedy, Drama, Romance
Jim Carrey is at his funniest as a con artist who falls in love with a man (Ewan McGregor) while in prison—and he’ll do anything to make the relationship work, including escaping from prison and masquerading as everything from a big-company chief financial officer to a lawyer. This is best described as a gay Catch Me If You Can, and the two stars enjoy their best roles in years. This one sat on the shelf for some time, leading to speculation that the film was bad. Well, it’s not. It’s actually very funny—and surprisingly dark and edgy, considering the talent involved. While Carrey has always been willing to step away from his mainstream persona, this role is a trip to another universe. As outlandish as the whole film seems, it is actually based upon a true story.


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East Bay Express Toe to Toe: Black Swan and I Love You Phillip Morris Freaked-out ballerina Natalie Portman, meet fun gay prison-inmate couple Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. by Kelly Vance 12/01/2010
Charleston City Paper Phillip Morris is more than a homoerotic Catch Me If You Can With I Love You Phillip Morris, Ace Ventura and young Obi-Wan are in love for reals. In an introduction echoing Sunset Boulevard, Steven Jay Russell (Jim Carrey) calmly states from a hospital bed, "Love is the reason I'm laying here dying." From there, we retrace Russell's life, from his childhood as an adopted kid looking at cloud-shaped penises to his days as a policeman, with a lightning quickness that sweeps the viewer into the film's narrative. The hyper-speed montage screeches to a halt at two points: When he finds and is dismissed by his birth mom and when Russell is in the middle of an extramarital booty-bumping interlude. Your eyebrows can't help but raise when his partner lifts his head into the frame and tells Russell to unload in his rectum. All this while Russell waves his arms around like a cowboy. by Kevin Young 01/05/2011
Chicago Reader Hey, His Brain's Up Here For their directorial debut, I Love You Phillip Morris, the writers of Bad Santa turn the tale of a brilliant con man into a series of gay gags. by J.R. Jones 12/09/2010
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Colorado Springs Independent A queer gem: I Love You Phillip Morris The real Steven Russell, if he weren't presently serving a 144-year sentence, would be proud. by Tricia Olszewski 01/13/2011
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