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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

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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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

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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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Did You Know?


Jim Carrey's Character Steven Russell says near the end of the film "Well maybe this is his plan. Maybe he's like a mean little boy with a magnifying glass and I'm just a defenseless little ant", In response to Leslie Mann's character claiming God has a plan for him. This is most likely a nod to Jim Carrey's film, Bruce Almighty (2001) in which he says a similar quote about God. 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 »


Phillip Morris: You fucker!
Steven Russell: I know. I'm sorry. You weren't supposed to find out.
Phillip Morris: Well, I did.
Steven Russell: I couldn't take a chance telling you. You know that. I couldn't. But, Phillip, I only did it just so I could get here to you. I did it so I could talk again. And here I am.
Phillip Morris: You're so skinny.
Steven Russell: I'm fine. Just hungry.
Phillip Morris: Steven, I don't...
Steven Russell: Wait, listen. I just came here to tell you one thing, and that's it. You don't have to take me back. I just want to say one thing. I know you think that we were nothing but a lie, but ...
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Crazy Credits

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 Film 2016: Episode dated 10 December 2014 (2014) See more »


Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill & Patty S. Hill (as Patty Smith Hill)
Courtesy of Warner Chappell obo Summy Berchard Music Div. (ASCAP)
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With A Message To The Marketing People.
23 April 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A few months ago I put my name down for a preview of "I Love You Phillip Morris" I RSVP with plenty of time but the day before the screening I was called and informed that they had overbooked so I was dropped off. Strange I thought because some people I know had RSVP'd much later than me and they were included in the screening. Why? Because I was born in 1940 and the other were people in their 30's. One of them took me has his guest and surprise, surprise I was the one who loved the movie and has become since then a promoter of the film, so much so that people call me, me! to ask me "Do you know when it will be released? I have to tell the marketing experts that they got the age thing completely wrong and discrimination of this kind doesn't serve the film very well at all. Now, that out of the way, let me talk about this extraordinary film. A true story no less. A con-man searching for love and a romance like no other. Jim Carrey is superb and I bet that, if producers and distributors resolve their nonsense, he'll be a strong contender at the Oscars 2011. He injects his character with the kind of truth I hadn't seen before in a Jim Carrey performance. Much more than in "Man On The Moon" or "The Truman Show" The character allows him to be the great funny man that he is and at the same time there are layers and layers of new inedited brilliance. And if that wasn't enough, Ewan McGregor! A masterful portrayal of someone finding love in the most unexpected man in the most unexpected place. The scene of them falling in love has become one of my favorites. Now, you marketing people, will you let me in next time?

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