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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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Barbara Bascombe (as Mary Louise Burke)
Houston Lawyer
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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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Rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA)  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,066,092 (UK) (19 March 2010)


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

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While on set in New Orleans and filming at the Orleans Parish Prison, one of the extras dressed as an OPP inmate was arrested by a real OPP Jail guard after leaving the set in costume to put belongings in his personal vehicle. See more »


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 »


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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Stranger (And More Human) Than Fiction
15 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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