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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

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Based On A True Story... No, Really It Is See more »

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:

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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Did You Know?


The playing of the song "The Marriage of Figaro" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at the end of the film is likely a nod to Shawshank Redemption (1994) which is a prison-based film as well. See more »


When Steven is leaving the private care facility the calender shown skips the 14th of the month. See more »


Phillip Morris: Did you pay to have the Screecher beat up?
Steven Russell: Me?
Phillip Morris: Don't bullshit me. Did you pay to have him beat up?
Steven Russell: You hate that guy.
Phillip Morris: Just answer the question.
Steven Russell: Yeah. Yeah, I did.
Phillip Morris: Steven. That is the most romantic thing that anyone ever did for me.
Phillip Morris: [crying] I love you so much.
Steven Russell: I just want you to be happy, baby.
Phillip Morris: You are my true soul mate.
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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 Hjelp, vi er i filmbransjen (2011) See more »


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My 327th Review: An important film that shows the world has changed - entertaining too
8 June 2010 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

I love You Philip Morris is an exceptional film, not because of the script, acting, or filming all of which are above average but simply because it seriously tries to take a homosexual relationship and show it as a heterosexual one and does so without the squirm.

Maybe the world still ain't ready (this is most under-reviewed of any Carey film on IMDb) but it is a good film.

With strong elements of humor, con tricks, prison, and a heart that is genuine, it is a very entertaining film.

Hopefully it is a ground-breaking film. It is enjoyable , has real depth, and you would need to be mean spirited indeed to find it repugnant in any way.

Go see, then complain.

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