Review by Annar Veröld.
Within the first thirty seconds, the opening film caption assures you, and reassures you, that despite the ridiculous and improbable storyline, the events in the movie truly did happen. The film, and adaptation from I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love, and Prison Breaks by Steve McVicker, is a comedic performance that makes your cheeks blush, your jaw drop, your heart melt, stomach sink, and your eyes water from so much laughter.
The film begins in a generally confusing way. A local police officer, happily married, Christian man showcases his wholesomeness, until a sudden accident causes him to reevaluate his life. Throwing in some attributes of the philosophical concept of the Self, Jim Carrey character, Steven Russell, casually confesses his gay tendencies and that is where his journey truly begins. Banking on the general idea of being gay and fabulous is terribly expensive; Steven Russell becomes a brilliant conman, liar, and absolute genius. As the story progresses the brilliance of the character makes you adore him, regardless of how sneaky, shameless, and ridiculous he is. Of course, eventually Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) meets and falls in love with Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor), and the film follows through with a series of hilarious and heart-warming twists and turns for the sake of true love. The story is filled with silly romantic gestures, gay puns, and lots and lots of fraud, but Steven Russell definitely steals his way into your heart.
After being suppressed by the film industry for nearly two years, I Love You Phillip Morris finally hit theaters this winter. Though, a hit at the2009 Sundance Film Festival, the two year delay revolved around the gay elements of the film. Awkwardly, a film with Jim Carrey’s name floated around untouched by any distributor for two years, but it was finally purchased by the unknown Roadside Attractions. Unfortunately, even though the film is worthy of attention, I Love You Phillip Morris has slowly been releasing and playing in select venues, because Roadside is such an unknown company.
Despite a few gay sex scenes that made the Protestants squirm, the unbelievable plot, and the slightly offensive gay jokes, I Love You Phillip Morris is definitely a revolutionary film in a social aspect. Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor produce a flawless and convincing performance. Perhaps the storyline will make you a little skeptical, but McGregor and Carrey play the roles of two gay men as if it is their original nature. Interestingly enough, the smoothest content in the film was the relationship between the two characters.
Even though I Love You Phillip Morris is not Oscar worthy, after a few of Carrey’s box office flops, you will definitely leave the theater grinning, thinking “Welcome back, Jim, welcome back.” Definitely, welcome back.