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I Love You Phillip Morris
17 October 2013
Excerpt: A gay man living a standard Southern middle class life complete with wife and daughter, Russell chooses to throw off the conventions that have forced him to hide who he is. Unfortunately in the process, he also throws off the conventions that allow him to partake in regular society as he instead begins to lie, cheat and steal his way through life. On the down side this leads him inevitably to prison.
Conclusion: Leave all of your pre-conceived notions about the subject matter at the door, because I Love You Phillip Morris has more class, laughs, and a better story in the first five minutes than many of those contemporary “straight” films have in their entire 90 minute running times. There. I said it. Jim Carrey has made one of the best films of his career in I Love You Phillip Morris. I approve this review.
Excerpt: All Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) wants to do is experience life: The luxuries, the splendor, the vacations, and the romance. So what if he has to defraud a major medical corporation? So what if he has to escape prison countless times? So what if he’s living on the lam? Carrey is brilliant as Russell, giving film such a casual demeanor for crimes that most people wouldn’t even come close to having the guts to attempt, let alone continually commit.
Conclusion: From the writers of 'Bad Santa,' 'I Love You Phillip Morris' is a surprisingly entertaining dark dramedy with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa making their directorial debut. Jim Carrey leads the way with a greatly funny performance and a terrific supporting cast in a story about the crazy things a man will do for true love. The Blu-ray arrives with a very good video presentation and fine audio, but the bonus features leave much to be desired.
Excerpt: I Love You Phillip Morris premièred at the Sundance Film Festival nearly two years ago, and its long, uncertain journey to theaters—with release dates announced and withdrawn ad infinitum—reveals a timidity that stands in stark contrast to a comedy that’s crazily, recklessly fearless.
Excerpt: In recent years, combining the words “Jim Carrey” and “comedy” has often led to howls of derision at Carrey continuing to become a low rate parody of himself; it’s safe to say that no one would be expecting a decent film once it’s been described as such and it probably won’t help raise expectations to add the phrase “co-starring Ewan McGregor” to the film’s pitch.
Excerpt: "I Love You Phillip Morris" contains some squirmingly uncomfortable stereotyping of various characters, and a flawed portrayal of gay men played for laughs by straight men. It's as unfunny as it is shallow, particularly disappointing is that the central romance is underdeveloped. The story, with its furious pace, covers a lot of events, mostly prison escapes, and unfortunately that's at the expense of real insight or depth.