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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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Do some time with the one you love. 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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(European Film Market)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jim Carrey shaved his hairline back because he thought of his character Steven Russell as a very cerebral person. See more »


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


Steven Russell: Pardon my french. My mother smoked during pregnancy.
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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 »


Slow Ride
Written by "Lonesome' Dave Peverett' (as David Peverett)
Performed by Foghat
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company/Bearsville Records
By arrangement with Warner Muswic Group Film & TV Licensing
Published in the U.S.A. by Kohaw Music (ASCAP) c/o The Bicycle Music Company & WB Music Corp (ASCAP)
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14 June 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I was very lucky to see a screening of this movie just recently, and I honestly though that this would be horrible. I loved Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, and Dumb and Dumber, but that's really all about it. However, his latest film makes a mark on easily one of the best films of the decade. It's not the comedy itself that makes it memorable, it's the characters and the story that really makes this film a very enjoyable pleasure.

Loved every minute of it, thoroughly entertaining, actually very funny, and very sincere at the same time. It has a lot of flaws and not much detail, but with the addition the story being true just really does make it a remarkable film in the movie industry, as well as in Jim Carrey and Evan's career. A truly deserving 4 stars.

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