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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Steven Russell
... Phillip Morris
... Debbie
... Jimmy
... Lindholm
... Birkheim
... Cleavon
... Eudora
... Barbara Bascombe (as Mary Louise Burke)
... Judge
... Houston Lawyer
... Cellmate - Arnie
... Doctor
... Steven's Mom
... Steven's Dad
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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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Rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language | See all certifications »

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7 January 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€946,920 (France), 14 February 2010

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,520, 5 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,035,566, 10 April 2011
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Trivia

Had already made more than US$18 million internationally (exceeding its US$13 million budget) before it opened in the United States. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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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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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Referenced in Hollywood's Top Ten: Jim Carrey Movies (2010) See more »

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Steal Away
Performed by Robbie Dupree
Written by Robbie Dupree (as Robbie Dupuis), Rick Chudacoff, Peter Bunetta
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Funny, Sad and True! (from May Nashville preview)
31 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

There's really only one thing you need to ask yourself before you see this movie: are you prepared to see Jim Carrey getting it on with Ewan MacGregor? If so, you should definitely go.

The movie tells the true story—and trust me, you'll have trouble believing it's true—of Steven Russell, a gay man who just can't stop conning his way through life. He uses his extraordinary abilities to gain a variety of jobs, gets indicted for embezzlement, and wins the love of the titular Phillip Morris while the two are fellow inmates in prison.

"I Love You Phillip Morris" was written and directed by Glen Ficarra and John Requa, the same writing team responsible for "Bad Santa". Like "Bad Santa", this movie effectively balances humor and with some very dark themes, though I would say the overall tone is not nearly as bleak as that of the earlier movie.

The writers told the Nashville audience that when choosing material to include from Steve McVicker's nonfiction book, they decided they primarily wanted to tell the love story. They do so very successfully. You might even call this the perfect romantic comedy for people who hate traditional romantic comedies: it's homo- rather than hetero-oriented, it's non-fiction, and it features a somewhat off-kilter con man as the romantic lead. Sounds bizarre, sure, and yet all these elements come together to make a really entertaining movie.

For the most part Jim Carrey loses himself in the character of Steven Russell, delivering an effectively non-hammy (and non-Carrey) comic performance. MacGregor's Phillip Morris is also believably innocent, Southern, and wide-eyed. Nice supporting performances, such as Leslie Mann's as Russell's ex-wife Deb, round out the movie.

Much of the romance takes place in prison, and this creates many beautifully absurd scenes. The movie also has its fair share of sad moments, and contains a pretty clear message about social justice in Texas -- as did the book-- but this is kept mercifully subtle, underlying rather than overshadowing the story.

The directors said they hoped the movie would make spectators laugh, cry and think, and the Nashville audience seemed to do all three. There were a lot of laughs but some definite sniffles at the appropriate moments. At the Q&A, there was a fair amount of interest in the real story, and Ficarra, McVicker, and Requa were happy to oblige with further information.

Come to think of it, you may not have to worry about seeing the two leads have sex. Although the love scenes were kept technically PG, the directors were expecting a fight with the MPAA because of the homosexual content. That's a real pity, but I hope they win.


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