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The conman who wouldn't go straight
I Love You Phillip Morris (DVD)
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I Love You Phillip Morris (DVD)
Advantages: Brilliant acting from Carry and McGregor, very funny but very emotional
Disadvantages: Gay sexual scenes may be off-putting for some
Steven Russell is happy with his life. He loves his wife Debbie and their daughter, and enjoys his job on the local police force. But when he is involved in a car accident, Steven realises that he hasn't been living his life the way he should have been and decides to come clean about being gay.
But being gay comes at a price, and Steven's expensive tastes means that he needs lots of money. Becoming a conman is easy for him and even though it means he's breaking the law, he isn't hurting anyone except himself. But the law eventually catches up with him and Steven finds himself locked up in the State Penitentiary, where he meets the very friendly and na´ve Phillip Morris and the two instantly fall in love.
Being in love means that Steven now has even more of a reason to live life to the fullest and his conman ways begin to spiral out of control.
~ Cast ~
Steven Russell - Jim Carrey
Phillip Morris - Ewan McGregor
Debbie - Leslie Mann
Jimmy Kemple - Rodrigo Santoro
Larry Bukheim - Brennan Brown
Lindholm - Antoni Corone
I love any sort of comedy film like this Jim Carrey is always good for a laugh so this was definitely something that I wanted to see. The film is actually based on a true story and even though that is very hard to believe what with the amount of times Steven manages to con someone, and the number of times he escapes from prison, this just makes the film all the more shockingly funny.
I have to say that I think this was one of Jim Carrey's best performances. He's always the funny man, playing stupid characters and over-emphasising everything he does, and although there were ample moments where he still did this, he also played a very emotional and serious role. This wasn't just a silly film about a very camp gay couple with a very adventurous life, the film is actually a very emotional one and Carrey played both sides of his personality brilliantly. He is the perfect person to play a camp man as he is very expressive and over-the-top in his acting which made it look very easy for him to act the part of Steven. It was also very obvious that he loved Phillip Morris very much and this is when his sensitive and caring personality came out and it was plain to see that Phillip was the love of his life.
Ewan McGregor was also brilliant and I really don't think that there are two better actors to play both of these roles. McGregor played the more feminine role in the couple and he was completely believable as a gay man. His soft looks, petite body and all his feminine mannerisms were excellent and, even though Carrey had the more expressive and sillier role, McGregor also had a very funny role with his hugely camp personality.
The relationship between the two really was lovely and I felt that it was like any other relationship in a film whether straight or not. I found myself laughing when they laughed together, smiling when they were happy and in love and crying when they fought. They did have a few proper kissing scenes and nothing about it looked awkward or fake seeing as it was two straight men kissing on screen.
I will warn you that there were a lot of gay moments in the film including quite a few sexual scenes. Even though I was completely fine with watching this I found that the majority of the other people in the cinema with me weren't particularly keen on seeing two men having mad and passionate sex. It seemed like most people were either cringing and turning away from the screen or laughing with embarrassment. If you have no qualms about homosexuality then this is a great film, but if you do, then I really wouldn't recommend it.
Although there were a lot of hilarious moments, it wasn't just a silly film where two straight actors play gay men and the very emotional and heart-breaking ending came as a huge shock but it made the film so good. I didn't think this was going to be as good as it actually was and I really did think that it was an excellent film.
Certificate rating: 15
Running time: 97 minutes
Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
Summary: Based on a true story ... no, really it is