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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When Steven Russell is working at the deli, the customer pays with a newer five dollar bill that wasn't introduced until Series 1999. The film takes place in the early or mid 1990s. See more »
[Over the phone, to Steve]
I'm still angry with you, but there's something I-I-I want you to know. Even if sometimes I don't know who you are... I love you. I never stopped loving you. I guess you and me are just fools for love or something - 'written in the stars' or some crap like that - but it was never better than with you, Steve. Never more real. And now I realize all that crazy shit you did in your own fucked up way was always for me, always for us. You're the most amazing man. You take my...
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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 »
Jim Carrey is a talented actor who played funny characters with vigour as if he is jumping out of the screen such as "The Trueman Show (1998)", "The Cable Guy (1996)" and "Yes Man (2008)", while he also portrayed an ordinary guy who suffered the pain of love that everyone would experience one or more in their life, in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)". This time, the story is a love story based on a true story, which describes a genius corn man who has an IQ of 169, and became gay after he experienced an accident.
He tries to impersonate a lawyer, embezzle money from a corporation, and attempts to break out of jail many times, just because he is in love. In fact, Steven Russell played by Jim Carrey who attempted to break jail many times, and he was sentenced to prison in Texas for 144 years. Assuming from Jim's extraordinary characters he has portrayed, it may be imaginable that Jim could play someone gay using an interesting look and mannerisms. But you would be surprised how natural Ewan McGregor acts as a boyfriend of Steve.
Steve would do anything including crimes for his loved one. This feeling reminded me of "Monster (2003)", where Charlize Theron played a role, who became a serial killer only for the sake of seeing her girlfriend's smile, which was also based on a fact.
Another interesting thing in this story would be how the network in an American jail is created by prisoners.
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