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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

[6.50/10] I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)


I Love You Phillip Morris (2010)

Short review: "I Love You Phillip Morris" is about a conman named Steven Russell, who after a car crash decides to live a new kind of life, a life as a gay. He ends up in prison and meets another homosexual man, called Philip Morris. Together they start a new life as partners. In terms of film-making "I Love You Phillip Morris" is very well done, especially the cinematography. Snappy editing is delightful and carries the viewer along. Even the potentially shocking moments were pretty funny. Both Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor played their parts fairly good and placed firmly into today's culture a regular gay relationship, without any hint of the sexuality being an issue. When it comes to acting, Jim Carrey plays almost the same old goofy and weird man, but gay this time - he was okay, but far from great. On the other hand, McGregor proves that he is a versatile actor with his pretty convincing performance as Phillip Morris. The relationship between Ewan Mcregor and Jim Carrey is completely believable, despite the absurdities of the situation, which is actually based on a true story. "I Love You Phillip Morris" could be described as "Catch Me If You Can" with a gay man. It has a lot of flaws and not much detail, and it's not as half as good as the film I compared it above, but it's still an entertaining, fun ride and a breath of fresh air in the comedy genre.

  • My Rating: 6.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 84% (6.7/10)
  • IMDb: 6.9/10

2 comments:

DEZMOND said...

I have the same problem with Carrey - although he tried to act in serious movies (TRUMAN SHOW, THE NUMBER 23, ETERNAL SUNSHINE...) he can never actually achieve dramatic effect and serious expressions, he is always either goofy, as you said, or pathetic. This movie would probably have a different impact if somebody else played his role. Ewan is always great, and love how he isn't afraid to do everything and to take challenging roles like this one.

Nebular said...

I found Carrey's goofiness rather annoying and not at all that funny. I've never been a fan of him, neither of his humor. The film was decent though, thanks to McGregor's believable performance and film's vivid cinematography.