I Love You Phillip Morris

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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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Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) becomes a cop, gets married and starts a family, but after a terrible car accident, he vows to be true to himself. He comes out of the closet, moves to Florida, and finances a luxurious lifestyle with bad checks and credit cards. In prison, Steven meets Phillip (Ewan McGregor), a mild-mannered inmate who becomes the love of his life. Determined to build a beautiful life with his lover, Steven embarks on another crime spree.

Cast & Crew

Jim Carrey
Steven Russell
Ewan McGregor
Phillip Morris
Antoni Corone
Dan Lindholm
Brennan Brown
Larry Birkheim
Glenn Ficarra
Screenwriter
John Requa
Screenwriter
Luc Besson
Executive Producer
Far Shariat
Producer
Nick Urata
Original Music
Xavier Grobet
Cinematographer
Thomas J. Nordberg
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Critic Reviews for I Love You Phillip Morris

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (111) | Rotten (46)

  • The movie wants us to overlook its implausibility by insisting that it's all true. We believe it, we just don't care.

    February 8, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This is the most interesting role Carrey has had in a long while.

    March 4, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 31, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 4, 2011 | Full Review…
  • [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.

    December 23, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    December 17, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I Love You Phillip Morris

  • Jun 16, 2013
    Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor's performances makes this film worth watching. This film and Pain and Gain are similar in that they are based on true stories that seem unbelievable that they happened. The problem with this story was that I felt that the style and structure of the film is off. It is a bit unfocused at times. The tone is also off, going from comedy to drama to comedy. I think Steven Soderbergh or Michel Goddrey could have done a better directing job. I thought the film Behind the Candlelabre was better than this one. I thought this film was better than Pain and Gain though. In a weird way, the film reminded me of The Talented Mr. Ripley. Jim Carrey is amazing as Steve Russell. At times you are laughing with him and at times he makes you cry. He does an amazing acting job here. Ewan McGregor does a good job too. They have a great on screen chemistry together. I would say, that the film is worth checking out for Carrey and McGregor's performances.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2012
    Fresh, creative story.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2012
    One of the more underrated films in recent years, this was perhaps difficult for some people to embrace because of its homosexual themes. I was deeply moved by both leads and felt this was the third (at least) showcase of Jim Carrey's talent that was worthy of an Oscar nomination. This is an imperfect film with some very poignant moments, especially the last half hour. The fact that it's based on a true story makes it that much more compelling. This film was made in 2009 and sat on the shelf for more than a year due in part to the dilemma of how to market it. Unfortunate, and says something sad about how far we have yet to go with awareness and acceptance.
    Mark H Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2012
    Didn't expect much from this, but it was really entertaining.
    Shawn M Super Reviewer

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