I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)

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Critic Consensus: This fact-based romantic comedy has its flaws, but they're mostly overcome by its consistently sweet, funny tone and one of the best performances of Jim Carrey's career.

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Bad Santa co-screenwriters Glenn Ficara and John Requa re-team for this fact-based black comedy starring Jim Carrey as a Texas police officer-turned-con man who makes the leap to white-collar criminal after being sent to prison and falling in love with his sensitive cellmate. Steve Russell (Carrey) is a small-town cop. Bored with his bland lifestyle, Russell turns to fraud as a means of shaking things up. Before long, Russell's criminal antics have landed him behind bars, where he encounters the charismatic Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Smitten, Russell devotes his entire life to being with Morris regardless of the consequences -- which could well include a life sentence. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
R (for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Jim Carrey
as Steven Russell
Ewan McGregor
as Phillip Morris
Leslie Mann
as Debbie
Antoni Corone
as Lindholm
Brennan Brown
as Birkheim
Michael Mandel
as Cleavon
Annie Golden
as Eudora
Marylouise Burke
as Barbara Bascombe
Dave Jensen
as Judge
Dameon Clarke
as Houston Lawyer
Clay Chamberlin
as Cellmate Arnie
Louis Herthum
as Doctor
Morgana Shaw
as Steven's Mom
Joe Chrest
as Steven's Dad
Devere Jehl
as Samuel
John Kennon Kepper
as 9-Year Old Steven
Alyssa Tate
as Child Stepanie
Andrew Sensenig
as Screecher
David Stanford
as Paramedic
Bill Dykes
as Latino Man
Tony Bentley
as Racist Client
Donovan Guidry
as Moustached Man
Kathrin Middleton
as Saleswoman
Nicholas Alexander
as Steven's 11-Year Old Brother
Michael Beasley
as Release Officer
Sean Boyd
as Policeman
Marcus Lyle Brown
as Young Doctor
Ken Clement
as County Corrections Officer
Miriam Cruz
as Helen
David Dahlgren
as Physician
Michael Ducote
as SWAT Commander
Lela Edgar
as Blond Wife
J.D. Evermore
as Bossy Guard
Jon Eyez
as Second Prisoner
Evan Fitzpatrick
as Red-Haired Boy
Shane Fitzpatrick
as Little Girl
Shane Fuller
as Male Nurse
Jeff Galpin
as Lead Officer
Lawrence Gammell Jr.
as Driving Cop
James Garrity
as Night Guard
Leon Gisclair
as Little Boy
Douglas M. Griffin
as Steven's Attorney
Jessica Heap
as Secretary
Tim Hickey
as Blond Inmage
Keith Hudson
as Producer Manager
Aron Ten Eyck
as Policeman #2
Alexa Kuve
as Cherubic Secretary
Audrey Lynn
as Married Woman
Marc Macaulay
as Houston Cop
Reginald Mack
as Jail Guard
Danny Marin
as Infirmary Orderly
Sammi Jack Martincak
as 12-Year Old Stephanie
Anne McKenzie
as Facelift Wife
Thelma Medina
as Huge Nurse
Wendy Michaels
as Housewife
John Mourain
as Taxi Driver
Lance Nichols
as Houston Judge
Antonio Paone
as Cab Driver
Liann Pattison
as Mrs. Lindholm
Sherrie Peterson
as Female D.A.
Clyde Raymond
as Houston Doctor
Dane Rhodes
as Bald Prisoner
Johnny Rock
as New Cellmate
Archie Sampier
as Yard Guard
Andy Sims
as Corrections Officer
Thomas Thomason
as Lawrence
Deneen D. Tyler
as Caretaker
Bill Martin Williams
as Duty Officer
Jaymon Yates
as First Prisoner
Don Yesso
as Guard
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Critic Reviews for I Love You Phillip Morris

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (35)

This is the most interesting role Carrey has had in a long while.

Full Review… | March 3, 2011
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Jim Carrey is the narrator... transforming what could have been a cliched con man comedy, generic Jim Carrey-character comedy or run-of-the-mill gay coming-out comedy into something smarter, sweeter and downright giddy.

Full Review… | January 30, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Russell was a fascinating character and a real puzzle box; but the filmmakers have turned his life into a broad farce with one wocka-wocka gag after another.

Full Review… | January 4, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[The] elaborate cons may be fascinating, daring stuff, but the heart of the picture is the romantic relationship, which is squeezed out to the edges.

Full Review… | December 23, 2010
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Yes, some familiar Carrey tactics are on display, but the star's performance has real heart - it's easily the best thing he has done since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Full Review… | December 16, 2010
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

A delirious comedy that remains on track largely thanks to Jim Carrey's goofy but grounded performance.

Full Review… | December 16, 2010
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for I Love You Phillip Morris

This film's humor is not for everybody (you see, I was the only one laughing out loud in a cinema full of people), and it has a story that could have been made into a depressing tragedy but is presented here as a light and delightful romantic comedy with great performances.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

A daring movie that it's the best romantic stories that I ever saw. I Love You Phillip Morris is an unique fact-based romcom, that present a bold and one of the best performances by Jim Carrey. It's flaws when the movie show the lack of details about Steven Russell runways from jail. Anyway the film overcome by the comedy and the sweet couple: Steven and Phillip, role of Evan McGregor, that also present one of his best actings.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

½

Fresh, creative story.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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