I Love You Philip Morris
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Man
Directors: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
When a small town police officer gets in a car accident it causes him to reevaluate his life.
I Love You Philip Morris is such an implausible, unbelievable and outlandish story that it immediately seems to be a work of great fiction, However this is another example of how truth can be stranger than fiction.
Jim Carrey stars as Steven Russell; a small town happily married Georgian Police officer who utilizes the police tools at his disposal to locate the birth mother who gave him up for adoption setting the stage for much of Stevens life. Soon Steven is in a car accident and realizes that he is living a lie Steven decides that he is not going to hide being gay and leaves his wife and heads to Florida. Upon immersing himself in the South Florida lifestyle Steven soon realizes that he needs more disposable income to finance said lifestyle and at this point Steven relies on multiple Cons and Fraudulent behavior to pull it off, this ultimately lands him in jail where he meets the love of his life, a soft spoken and well meaning Philip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Steven will do anything to be with Philip and free him from Jail which leads to multiple prison escapes and even more Cons.
At the heart of the film is the love story between Steven and Philip, Philip who just wants to be with Steven and Steven who can’t seem to shake his Con Artist ways in spite of himself. The lengths to which Steven will go are truly the most amazing part of the story he impersonates a lawyer and wins the case, he cons his way into being the CFO of a major corporation, not satisfied with that finds a way to embezzle funds to provide the lavish lifestyle he so desires for Philip and himself Just as impressive as his real world con work is his work inside the prison system, from lifting pens to dye his uniform green allowing him to impersonate a doctor and walk out the front door; to dressing up in a garish outfit and walking out of jail as a member of Vice. It is Stevens’s success rate at pulling off the implausible that truly amazes.
Carrey’s portrayal of Steven is easily one of his better performances gone are the usual mannerisms that discredit his performances and immediately remind you of his comedic work. One cannot say he doesn’t put his all into this performance. He is completely committed to his character. Likewise Ewans performance as Philip Morris provides the solid foundation which motivates Stevens’s actions. Filled with quirky humor this is one story that truly needs to be seen to be believed.