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Discuss this movie. Filmed April 29-June 30, 2008
Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
With the screenings starting this weekend we should be getting more reviews soon. Here is one that I found
Here is the list of reviews we have so far. TY Dan. I wil update this first post when more are listed
I Love You Phillip Morris Reviews
“Their script for this film, adapted from a non-fiction book by Steve McVicker, is a delight, clever and funny and emotionally open, and it gives both Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor roles that allow them to do some of the best work they've done in a quite a while. For Carrey, it's the best thing he's done since "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind," and McGregor works so infrequently that it's nice to see him show up in something where he's given such an appealing role to play.”
http://www.hitfix.com/blogs/2008-12-6-m ... lip-morris
“The tone is always bright and perky, though the storytelling could have benefited from some more shading, especially as the convolutions of the true story produce a drag on the momentum in the third act. Nonetheless Requa and Ficarra have structured their screenplay cleverly.”
http://www.screendaily.com/ScreenDailyA ... ryID=42616
“Directed by the team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and supposedly based on a true story, I Love You Phillip Morris is like one of those out-of-the-frying-pan capers by the Coen brothers crossed with Catch Me If You Can, featuring a hero as blithely comfortable with the metaphysics of identity fraud as Tom Ripley.”
http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2009/01/ ... stars.html
“Ficarra and Requa managed to rein in Carrey's malleable and frequently unhinged skill set, which nicely suits the character's penchant for heart-on-the-sleeve flamboyancy. And while starry-eyed romanticism isn't new territory for the star of Moulin Rouge, the always-surprising McGregor tries something new by allowing himself to become the more passive, pursued half of a doomed entanglement.”
“Carrey works surprisingly well as Steven, though perhaps it’s only because Steven’s entire life is one big performance. Jim’s playing a guy playing a guy, and when he can’t help but fall into one of those wacky, unrealistic facial expressions it works as a reminder that everything we see of Steven is merely some sort of artificially created character.”
http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Sundance ... 11619.html
“He simply gets overwhelmed by Carrey, who gives perhaps the most amped-up and overcommitted performance of his amped-up and overcommitted career. He's great and he takes enormous chances and he's kind of too much, which I guess is how I feel about "I Love You Phillip Morris.”
http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/btm/fea ... undance_3/
“Carrey is at his nimble best as Steve, a Texas family man and lawman who bolts out of the closet into a life of, well, everything. He makes up for his lost years of a straight-arrow, heterosexual life by plunging headfirst into multiple lives of con man and lover.”
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/fil ... 1806.story
“Jim Carrey gives an awesome performance, way better than his dark performance in The Cable Guy and his best film since Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, I’d say its his best film yet. The film is hilarious but at the same time serious and the film mixes both quite nicely. The production of the movie is top notch and it’s only a matter of time before a major studio will have the balls to pick it up”
http://www.latinoreview.com/news/sundan ... orris-6023
“Ficarra and Requa have put together a damn fine film, one that looks quite lovely, has a hilarious and fascinating script and that manages to reign in Jim Carrey enough to deliver one of the better performances of his whole career.”
http://chud.com/articles/articles/17902 ... Page1.html
“The believability of this relationship is one of the film’s strongest elements as there’s no doubt about how these men feel about one another. Their motivations are clear and understandable, we get why they do what they do and the film’s flaws are most definitely not in the actors’ performances.”
http://www.filmthreat.com/index.php?sec ... s&Id=11516
“It’s all about tone, and I Love You Phillip Morris depends on the trickiest of balancing acts. Even getting a performance like this from Jim Carrey, who manages to play it along the lines of his Man on the Moon Andy Kaufman persona.”
http://blog.spout.com/2009/01/24/i-love ... ance-2009/
“Pitched in such a hysterical key it rubbed my nerves raw, ILYPM struck many observers as the one work of genuine genius we saw at Sundance this year, and they might be right.”
http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/btm/fea ... ance_wrap/
“Carrey gives an eccentric and charismatic performance, mixing some of his best absurdist stuff with some of the emotional range that we’ve seen from him in movies such as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. His ability to give this character, an otherwise deplorable and selfish conman, reminds me of Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance in Catch Me If You Can.”
http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/review ... morris.php
Last edited by cotton on Wed Jan 28, 2009 10:47 pm, edited 1 time in total.
I'm really not sure how this movie will do, if it's focused a lot on the actual true story it should be good. But if they try and make it an all out comedy and change things too much, then I don't think it'll do good.
Hopefully they did a good job.
Where are the reviews? And the news ... and the comments ... This is by far the slowest news-year I've ever seen when talking about Sundance. All the movie-related sites don't have a lot to tell.
I know it's a bit off-topic, but I'm realy looking forward to see '500 Days of Summer', because it has Joseph Gordon Levitt (one of the biggest talents of his genereation, mark my words) ánd Zooey Deschanel (always lovely) in a sweet little movie that's already 've been called " Garden State meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind " and is picked up by Fox Searchlight. Word goes that this will be the "Little Miss Sunshine" or "Juno" of this year.
Run to read it!! First review, and a good one! ;D
"For Carrey, it's the best thing he's done since "Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind""
" Ficarra and Requa never shy away from anything about Steven, and what really makes the film work is that they never judge or mock him, either. This is a character study, not a condemnation, and although Steven's behavior is sociopathic at times and incredibly damaging to the people around him, he's not presented as either a bad guy or a hero. He's just a guy in love, a guy who is unhappy with his childho od, a guy with unresolved issues. The film plays some games with your sympathies, and there's one narrative trick in particular that I expect will infuriate some people, especially if they have a real emotional reaction to it. That's what I loved, though... as well-directed as the film is (and they do make a strong debut, with a simple, clean visual approach and a great touch with actors in general), it's a writer's movie. There are a thousand ways this story could have been intolerable, and yet these guys found the one way it really works, just the right tone and sensibility. Their own fascination with the story kept them from turning it into some sort of morality play or playing the characters as broad grotesques."
"Carrey is always at his best when a director figures out how to harness that manic sad clown quality and make it simultaneously scary and angry and lonely and funny, and this is one of those roles. I think he's always presented himself offscreen as someone who almost depends on his job as a way to escape the reality of who he is, and he brings that personal understanding to how he plays Steven."
Lets see how the reviews go from now, but I see one more possibility for the most awarded award nomination...
Another one!! http://www.screendaily.com/ScreenDailyArticle.aspx?intStoryID=42616
"The sexuality of Steven Russell, the extraordinary con artist played by Carrey, is central to the story, but first-time directors Requa and Ficarra and the actors play his gayness un-selfconsciously and honestly. In many ways, the film is as important as Brokeback Mountain in breaking down barriers in mainstream cinema."
"the film-makers don't try to hide their characters' sexuality and, thanks to unfettered performances from Carrey and McGregor. the relationship between Steven and Phillip seems natural and unforced."
"Requa and Ficarra have structured their screenplay cleverly, leaving the audience in the dark to the end as to Russell's final, spectacular con."
Hahaha! Yet another!!! http://hollywoodinsider.ew.com/2009/01/sundance-stars.html
"Jim Carrey, in I Love You Phillip Morris, as a gay Texas role-playing con artist who keeps pulling weirder and wilder scams for love? Compared to some of Carrey's misbegotten outside-of-the-comedy-box roles, this one fits him like a rubber glove."
"When Jim Carrey tries to play ordinary Joes, he can seem like a replicant, using his elastic face to create facsimiles of feeling. Strangely enough, that quality sort of works for him in I Love You Phillip Morris. As Steve Russell, a Texas cop who is not what he seems, Carrey looks craggy and twitchy and a bit sinister, with spooked eyes and an overly coiffed shell of hair. There's a vacancy behind those eyes, but this time it belongs there: Early on, Steve reveals to the audience that he's a closeted homosexual, and that's but the first of his many deceptions."
It seems like a good role to me!!
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