I Love You Phillip Morris
Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (2009)
jusco’s Rating: ★★1/2
Jim Carrey is a great actor, though only at certain times (Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind). He is good in this one and it felt natural watching him play a likable gay guy. But watching Ewan McGregor as his gay lover just felt weird. That aside, I Love You Phillip Morris is based on a true story of a gay con man who meets another gay man in prison. They fall in love and do everything they can to stay out of jail, but fail miserably. It’s funny, touching even to see the extent to which they’re wiling to go in order to stay together, which is exactly why the ending is hilarious, in which we find out the true fated sentences of both men.
Carrey and McGregor give convincing performances: McGregor carries out an impressive southern drawl and Carrey… well it looks like the part was made just for him. From prison to head financial boss of a giant company, he miraculously wins court cases, he cheats and steals, he downs a bottle of pills; at times to free McGregor from prison, at times to earn enough money for a lavish house, at times to commit suicide when he loses everything. It’s not a great film, but it’s not a terrible film, mostly owing to the solid performances of the two leads.