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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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Storyline

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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fraud | prison | gay | jail | con man | See more »

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

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10 February 2010 (France)  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$112,520 (USA) (3 December 2010)

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$2,035,566 (USA) (8 April 2011)
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Had already made more than US$18 million internationally (exceeding its US$13 million budget) before it opened in the United States. See more »

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The personalized license plates "STEVEN 1" and "PHILLIP 1" were not available in Texas in 1995. Texas allows a maximum of 6 characters for personalized license plates. 7 characters will be allowed beginning sometime in 2011. See more »

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Steven Russell: [introducing Arnie to prison] Anything you want from the outside, he's the guy. Candy, cigarettes, drugs, whatever. He's the guy. Just keep in mind, it's gonna cost you a lot of money - or you could suck his dick. Your choice. You're gonna catch a beatin' any day now. That's just the way it is. I lost three teeth, cracked a vertebra. Anyway, all you gotta do is fight back. Win or lose, just fight back - or you could try to suck the guy's dick. Your choice.
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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 »

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Warm, moving and really rather brilliant.
8 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I Love You Philip Morris is a film that has a clear sense of warmth and is supported by superb performances. In terms of narrative, it is a romp, but one that takes some surprising (if not dark) turns. The film is not lightweight and tells the story of an inveterate conman. However, the love story, that between Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) and Philip Morris (Ewan McGregor), is touching, passionate and totally convincing. But while Carrey does (inevitably, one should suppose) teeter on the manic in places, it is McGregor who is the film's real revelation.With his blond hair and softly-spoken Southern American accent, McGregor easily gives one of the best performances I have seen him offer and represents a highly credible source of Russell's desire. The romantic and sexual relationship between the two central characters is not glossed over, and the film is all the better for it. Ultimately, I Love You Philip Morris ranks as a fine piece of drama that also works as a comedy, albeit it a bittersweet one. All in all, if you haven't seen it, then see it!


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