I Love You Phillip Morris hasn't had an easy ride to theaters. After a successful debut at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, the dark and risque romantic comedy from Bad Santa screenwriters John Requa and Glenn Ficarra has had a difficult time finding distribution in the U.S., suffering through several delays (though it has already made $18 million overseas and has a 79% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes). watch the trailer (but not at work) >> Posted 10.23.10 by Ryan
Despite headliners Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, and some pretty positive early reviews, it now looks like I Love You Phillip Morris may never hit the big screen. The dark comedy followed the true life adventures of an over-the-top gay con-man and his former cellmate, whose true love is fueled and funded by a seeming endless series of shady dealings. what really did the movie in? >> Posted 04.09.10 by reelz
Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor have made a rom-com, or considering the larcenous proclivities of Carrey's character, perhaps we should call it a rom-con. I Love You Phillip Morris dramatizes the exploits of real-life con man Steven Russell (Carey) as he talks his way into illicit cash and prizes under a dizzying variety of pretenses. It's all played for laughs, of course — it is Jim Carrey, after all. But the real gold at the end of his rainbow is his true love and one-time fellow inmate Phillip Morris (McGregor). Earlier previews had thrown their tempestuous relationship into high relief.
Now in a pair of new clips we get a bit longer look at how Steven pulls off one of his outrageous cons, and a glimpse of his already rather peculiar domestic life before he discovered that he was gay and needed to steal so many things. While his wife may have gotten divine help with the coffee filters, it is already fairly evident that his her less trivial prayers will not be answered, at least not in the long run. Posted 02.01.10 by reelz
Although well-received when it debuted at Sundance, I Love You Phillip Morris initially had trouble finding a U.S. distributor, likely because it was considered "just too gay" to have wide appeal for American audiences. Having overcome that hurdle, it's scheduled for a wide release on February 12.
The movie follows the misadventures of con man and accomplished prison-escape artist Steven Russell (Jim Carrey), who dramatically announces after a car accident that he has finally discovered that he is gay. There is just no stopping him after that. Soon a prison romance blossoms into a renewed and even more ambitious life of crime, as he takes every opportunity to keep himself and his true love Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) outfitted in the style they would like to become accustomed to. As he notes in the first of fours clips that have just been released, "Being gay is really expensive."
The latest trailer for the movie, it should be noted, is quite a bit toned down compared with the earlier international version, which showed an over-the-top Carey being considerably more, well, flamboyant. Posted 01.15.10 by reelz