Most will point to the subject matter and frank depiction of homosexuality as what scared away potential distributors and “I Love You Phillip Morris” will certainly shock Jim Carrey fans looking for something like “Bruce Almighty,” but I don’t think that’s the problem with the movie or why businessmen couldn’t figure out how to market it. It’s more an issue of inconsistent tone. Is this a comedy? Love story? Drama? Shocking true tale? The first half of “I Love You Phillip Morris” cruises by on the strength of one of Carrey’s best performances but when the movie loses its way in an emotionally-manipulative final act it crashes to the ground. It’s somewhat appropriate that the movie nearly debuted on DVD stateside since it’s worth a rental for Carrey but too frustrating for the cost of theatrical admission.
StarRead Brian Tallerico’s full review of “I Love You Phillip Morris” in our reviews section.
There was a brief time when it looked like Jim Carrey would transcend his slapstick background to become one of our more interesting actors. Films like “The Truman Show,” “Man on the Moon,” and “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” all feature an actor willing to take chances and delivering the emotional goods. He should have been Oscar-nominated for all three. Sadly, he wasn’t, and I’ve long felt that lack of critical and peer recognition is one of the reasons he went back to easy junk like “Horton Hears a Who” and “Yes Man.”
“I Love You Phillip Morris” features the Carrey willing to take risks. He’s simply great here as a man who learns that he was adopted and, essentially, develops a life-long identity crisis because of it. He leaves his wife (Leslie Mann, good but so familiar in this kind of role that it’s starting to become a cliche for her to play them), comes screaming out of the closet, and begins a life of identity and credit fraud to keep himself and his boyfriends in luxury. When he’s caught, Steven Russell heads to prison where he meets the gentle, beautiful Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) and falls in love.
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I Love You Phillip Morris” stars Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, and
. It was written and directed by John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. It is rated R and runs 98 minutes. It opens in Chicago on December 10th, 2010.