I Love You Phillip Morris Movie Review

Ficarra and Requa move into the director's chair for a true story that frankly could only have been adapted by the writers of Bad Santa. And by refusing to play to the cliches, they've made a film that defies categorisation.

Steven (Carrey) is a pillar of society with a wife (Mann) and family who one day has an epiphany: he can now be himself, a gay man who doesn't follow the rules. He uses brainy, charming bravado to con his way to wealth, which lands him in prison. This is where he meets nice-guy Phillip (McGregor), the love of his life. So Steven launches a series of increasingly elaborate scams to get Phillip released and then to escape from prison himself so they can be together.

Actually, the word "elaborate" barely describes the things Steven does. This is one of those stories that could only be true, because on-screen it seems completely unbelievable. Meanwhile, Ficarra and Requa continually subvert our expectations with playful dialog, witty sight-gags and droll editing, turning this story into a sunny comedy with a shadowy undercurrent of jagged humour.

For example, Steven and Phillip's big romantic moment takes place while there's a riot in the next cell.

Carrey and McGregor dive in completely to the characters, mixing broad slapstick with more introspective moments. The script kind of hedges around the details of the characters, which is rather appropriate in a film about a conman, although it also leaves it feeling strangely cold. For example, it's never clear that Steven justifies stealing all this money to get even with the insurance company that let another boyfriend (played by Santoro) die of Aids without the treatment he needed. Which is what really happened.

That said, it's refreshing to see an outrageously entertaining story like this in which the fact that the central characters are gay is never the point (although you could also argue that, thematically, it's the only point). This is simply a never-sentimentalised story about two people trying to be together against the odds and the lengths one of them goes simply to be in a room together. And beneath all of the wackiness, these are real people we can vividly identify with.

Cast & Crew

Producer : , Far Shariat

Starring : , , , , Brennan Brown, Douglas M Griffin, Tommy Davis, Nicholas Alexander


Comments

I Love You Phillip Morris Rating

" Excellent "

Rating: 15, 2009

Editors Recommendations

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

The Cannes Film festival is sneaking up fast. The Oscars felt like they were 8 minutes ago...

Is The Cannes Palme d'Or Heading David Cronenberg’s Way for 'Map to the Stars'?

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

Next weekend's CounterPoint Festival will be the event's first year at a new 5000-acre site, featuring...

CounterPoint Festival 2014 To Feature Hometown Return of Outkast

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Superhero movies have been striving towards the almost unobtainable goal set...

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' - Not Perfect, But Really, Really Fun

Ricky Gervais is "Hooked" on David Brent Again - Former Paper Merchant To Return

A return for David Brent has been mooted ever since the character was wheeled...

Ricky Gervais is

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing "Made In America" To Downtown Los Angeles

Jay Z and the Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti have announced that the rapper’s...

This Labor Day, Jay Z Is Bringing

Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

The editor-in-chief of US VOGUE magazine is reportedly determined for the annual...

Anna Wintour - Anna Wintour wants 'more exclusive' Met Ball 2014

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

The comedy classic 'Mrs. Doubtfire' is reportedly set to return to the big-screen...

'Mrs Doubtfire' Sequel Will Be Made 21 Years After The Original

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Of Mice And Men premiered on Broadway last night, giving critics a chance to cast...

'Of Mice And Men' Brings Out Broadway Talents Of James Franco, Chris O'Dowd

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'

Sofia Vergara has been speaking about her nerves at shooting a ménage a trois with...

Sofia Vergara On Her Menage a Trois in Woody Allen's 'Fading Gigolo'


More recommendations