I Love You Phillip Morris

Released 2010


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Glenn Ficarra , John Requa
I Love You Phillip Morris is the acclaimed 2009 dramedy based on the novel by Steve McVicker. Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) was a police officer who had a happy marriage with wife Debbie (Leslie Mann), and then he wanted to find his birth mother who gave him up as a child. After this fails to be a good reunion, and he has a car accident, he reassesses his life. He decides that he is truly gay and he leaves his old life behind. He moves to Miami and finds a boyfriend, Jimmy Kemple (Rodrigo Santoro), but to live the life he truly wants is expensive, and so begins a life as a conman. Steven gives up being a cop to cause his own accidents to get compensation, lying to banks etc. and the police eventually catch up to him and send him to prison. It is in prison that Steven sees and falls almost instantly in love with fellow prisoner Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor), and after a real introduction they find themselves smitten with each other. They very quickly have a sexual encounter in a cell together after Steven ties some strings, and he does this by making deals with many other prisoners so that he and Phillip can be with each other always. Their time together is cut short though when Steven is transferred to another prison, but he manages to get himself to Phillip, and they start a real life together.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    A Jim Carrey movie all the way: a good one, I might add. With his manic glare, ferociously eager smile, hyperkinetic body language and talent for instant self-transformation, Mr. C...

  • 90


    Less of a comedy than a hilarious tragedy, I Love You Phillip Morris stars Jim Carrey in his most complicated comedic role since "The Cable Guy."

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    It's clear from first frame to last that the filmmakers decided to go broad, very broad, with a story that swings between hysterical, hyper-sexual, bizarre, surprisingly tender and...

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Romantic Comedy, Crime, Heist, Independent, Gay & Lesbian