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
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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 »
The heart monitor for the flat-lining patient has the date 29-Jun-2008, even though the story is set in the mid-90s. See more »
Love sure is a funny thing. Makes you happy, makes you sad, makes you do all sorts of things you never thought you'd do before. In fact, love's the reason I'm laying here dying.
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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 »
Certain images and moments of this stunning surprise come to visit me
in the middle of my day. Phillip Morris has become someone to me.
Someone I crave to revisit. Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor create, not
merely a novelty but a revolution of sorts. They took what is still a
taboo and gave it a human, a truly human face. The story seems a
recreation of Spielberg's "Catch me if you Can" or Robert Mulligan's
"The Great Impostor" but "I love You Philip Morris" has a life all of
its own. Jim Carrey uses what made him famous to present us with a
unique, true character, in all its complexities, contradictions and
depth. It is a staggering performance that will make me look at this
actor from now own under a new light and with oodles of renewed
respect. Ewan McGregor comes back to renew his early promise with a
character of such tender honesty that I'm sure will re-open the book of
his career with a brand new, brilliant chapter.
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