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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

R  |   |  Biography, Comedy, Crime  |  7 January 2011 (USA)
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A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbara Bascombe (as Mary Louise Burke)
Houston Lawyer
Cellmate - Arnie
Steven's Mom
Steven's Dad


Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another. Written by The Film Catalogue

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

fraud | jail | prison | gay | lie | See All (286) »


The Conman who wouldn't go straight See more »

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Rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Una pareja dispareja  »

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Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,066,092 (UK) (19 March 2010)


$2,035,566 (USA) (8 April 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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In the last courtroom scene, Steven's lawyer is played by the real-life Phillip Morris. See more »


When Steven Russell is working at the deli, the customer pays with a newer five dollar bill that wasn't introduced until Series 1999. The film takes place in the early or mid 1990s. See more »


Steven Russell: Fucking Texas.
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The very end of the credits has a list of Thank Yous. The last two items on the list are Redbull and Xanax. See more »


Referenced in Half in the Bag: American Ultra (2015) See more »


God and Prayer
Arranged by Steven Lane Ivey
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Carrey and McGregor create a first.
1 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just when I thought Jim Carrey couldn't surprise me anymore, even if he tried...bang! "I Love You Phillip Morris" Here Jim Carrey creates the most complex and complete character of his career. A bisexual co-man of all things. An amoral guy who finds love and when I say "finds" we see him finding it. The romantic entanglement of Carrey and McGregor is a real first because we, even the ones who don't quite get the same sex thing, gets it. I saw the love between this two men and I believed it. "Brokeback Mountain" was easier to believe because the tragedy filled with deceit and self loathing fit perfectly with what I, and many others I suspect, believe that kind of union may involve. Here I saw romance in Ewan McGregor's eyes. His disbelief that somebody loves him is out of "The Nights Of Cabiria" - I will certainly see this again.

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