The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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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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The movie wants us to overlook its implausibility by insisting that it's all true. We believe it, we just don't care.
This is the most interesting role Carrey has had in a long while.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
Neither the filmmakers nor actor Carrey appear to be able to make any distinction between when Steve is full of baloney and when he's sincere.
... if you want to enjoy a comedy that handles a traditional little love story with tremendous cheek, do not miss I Love You Phillip Morris. [Full review in Spanish]
Hilariously forthright about Steven's sexuality in ways queer problem dramas rarely begin to suggest, I Love You Phillip Morris lights a path for American gay cinema beyond niche-oriented indies and bigger-budget films about martyred role models.
[E]asily one of the best comedies of the last several years.
Jim Carrey succeeds but the film is too mean-spirited and its supporting players too one-dimensional to make this story worthwhile.
Even when the movie's doing something stupid, you just bemusedly shake your head and dive right back in, forgiving everything, even if you don't know why. Isn't that what love's all about?
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.
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.
Fresh, creative story.
The recipe for a good Jim Carrey movie is simple: give his character a singular focus (see: Ace Ventura; Liar, Liar; Yes Man). Here, his character, Steve Russell, has a compulsive desire to give his dream partner - the titular Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) - absolutely everything, which drives him to commit con after con, trying always to keep the law off his tail, and Phillip Morris in love with him.
Morris, of course, is played sweetly by McGregor, as the delicate partner who just wants them to be together, and the two leads have great chemistry overall. Plus, the jokes are just cynical - or failing that, raunchy - enough to keep you laughing.
And, what I perhaps liked most about this movie, is that it talks to you as though you, too, are being conned; some viewers might not like the twist at the end, as it doesn't seem too well set up, but keep in mind: Russell is narrating this story. You didn't expect he'd tell you more than you need to know up front, now, did you? As the tagline says, and as a good con artist would tell you of his next lie: it's so incredible it has to be true. It all makes for a delightful, underrated surprise of a movie that, though it gets a little too heavy in the end, tells a fun and touching love story.
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