I Love You Phillip Morris

I Love You Phillip Morris

Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Cast: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor

     
 

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Bad Santa co-screenwriters Glenn Ficara and John Requa re-team for this fact-based black comedy starring Jim Carrey as a Texas police officer-turned-con man who makes the leap to white-collar criminal after being sent to prison and falling in love with his sensitive cellmate.See more details below

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Bad Santa co-screenwriters Glenn Ficara and John Requa re-team for this fact-based black comedy starring Jim Carrey as a Texas police officer-turned-con man who makes the leap to white-collar criminal after being sent to prison and falling in love with his sensitive cellmate. Steve Russell (Carrey) is a small-town cop. Bored with his bland lifestyle, Russell turns to fraud as a means of shaking things up. Before long, Russell's criminal antics have landed him behind bars, where he encounters the charismatic Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Smitten, Russell devotes his entire life to being with Morris regardless of the consequences -- which could well include a life sentence.

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All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
I Love You Phillip Morris opens with the cheeky preface "This Really Happened" rather than the staid "Based on a True Story" or the standard "Inspired by Actual Events" -- a creative decision that playfully prepares audiences for the sheer lunacy they're about to witness. Steve Russell (Jim Carrey) was a small-town cop. Bored with his bland marriage to reverent wife Debbie (Leslie Mann) and inspired to come bursting out of the closet following a near-fatal car accident, Russell turns to fraud to maintain his flamboyant new lifestyle, only to discover that crime doesn't pay when he's handed an extended prison sentence. But life behind bars proves a blessing in disguise when Russell falls head over heels for kind-hearted convict Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor), who's serving time for failing to return a rental car. Smitten, Russell devotes his entire life to being with Morris regardless of the consequences -- which could well include a life sentence when, after both are released from prison, Russell cons his way into a high-paying position as CFO for a prominent medical management company. Later, when Russell's misdeeds land him in prison yet again, the tactics he uses to regain his freedom are nothing short of staggering in terms of sheer gall and creativity. As many times as Russell manages to escape incarceration in order to be with his one true love, however, he always seems to end up back behind bars. In exploiting the more preposterous aspects of Steve Russell's incredible career as a con man, I Love You Phillip Morris director/screenwriters John Requa and Glenn Ficarra have created the perfect cinematic vehicle to showcase the diverse talents of comedy icon Carrey, whose flair for drama has been gradually catching up with his killer comic timing ever since he stunned audiences into silence in The Cable Guy back in 1996. Carrey's portrayal of Russell sits so comfortably alongside his previous roles in films like Me, Myself & Irene, Liar Liar, and Fun with Dick and Jane that if it weren't for the fact that the screenplay was based on author Steve McVicker's true-crime tome of the same name, odds are moviegoers wouldn't even blink if Requa and Ficarra's names were secretly replaced by Peter and Bobby Farrelly in the opening credits. Much like the writers who collaborated with Carrey on some of the actor's biggest films, Requa and Ficarra seem more interested in milking the concept for comedy rather than attempting anything serious or thoughtful with the material (a brief attempt to expose the root causes of Russell's criminal behavior is quickly sidelined for a throwaway gag, and his continual betrayal of Morris is largely played for laughs), but when dealing with a subject like Russell, absurdity just seems to come naturally. Still, Carrey handles the dramatic beats in I Love You Phillip Morris with enough conviction to hold his own opposite McGregor, who is captivating in his role as the timid inmate who quickly falls for Russell's disarming charisma. The talented Mann disappears far too quickly after Russell embraces his new lifestyle, and Rodrigo Santoro lends the film its greatest amount of dramatic weight in his role as Russell's former lover Jimmy. The whole endeavor is held together by Nick Urata's effervescent score. A key member of the Denver, Colorado-based outfit DeVotchKa (who first gained widespread recognition for their contributions to the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack), Urata displays an intuitive understanding of the art of film composition by giving I Love You Phillip Morris a distinctive signature hook that vividly encapsulates the protagonist's whimsical true nature, and strikes the perfect tone for a lighthearted film that flirts with heavy drama. Much like Steve Russell at that crucial crossroads that nudged him into a life of crime, I Love You Phillip Morris never feels like it really knows what it wants to be. But it's Russell's talent for BS and Carrey's ability to humanize the character that ensure that our attention stays riveted to the story, even after it becomes apparent that the filmmakers aren't interested in much more than playing his life story for laughs.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2011
UPC:
0031398134008
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
20,020

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jim Carrey Steven Russell
Ewan McGregor Phillip Morris
Leslie Mann Debbie
Rodrigo Santoro Jimmy
Antoni Corone Lindholm
Brennan Brown Birkheim
Michael Mandel Cleavon
Annie Golden Eudora
Marylouise Burke Barbara Bascombe
David Jensen Judge
Dameon Clarke Houston Lawyer
Clay Chamberlin Cellmate - Arnie
Louis Herthum Doctor
Morgana Shaw Steven's Mom
Joe Chrest Steven's Dad
Griff Furst Mark
Aunjanue Ellis Reba
Devere Jehl Samuel
Michael Showers Gary
Beth Burvant Sara
Deyne Ladson Neil
John Kennon Kepper 9-Year Old Steven
Andrew Sensenig Screecher
David Stanford Paramedic
Bill Dykes Latino Man
Tony Bentley Racist Client
Kathrin Middleton Saleswoman
Donovan Guidry Moustached Man

Technical Credits
Glenn Ficarra Director,Screenwriter
John Requa Director,Screenwriter
Luc Besson Executive Producer
Gary Calamar Musical Direction/Supervision
Kathi Canfield Casting
Linda Fields-Hill Associate Producer
Bess Fifer Casting
Xavier Pérez Grobet Cinematographer
Stephen Hagen Asst. Director
Jeff Harlacker Associate Producer
Helen Harwell Art Director
Andrew Lazar Producer
Courtney Lether Makeup
Marc Libert Production Manager
Rose Librizi-Davis Makeup
Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski Production Designer
Thomas J. Nordberg Editor
David C. Robinson Costumes/Costume Designer
Far Shariat Producer
Bernie Telsey Casting
Nick Urata Score Composer
Mark Weber Sound Mixer
Miri Yoon Co-producer

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Filmmaker commentary ; The making of I Love You Phillip Morris ; Deleted scenes ; Theatrical trailers

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