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Discuss this movie. Filmed April 29-June 30, 2008
Available on DVD and Blu-ray.
ILYPM is among this sites Best of Sundance 09.
"I Love You Phillip Morris" Yeah, this stars Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as gay lovers, but that only begins to hint at the profound, candy-colored weirdness of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's insane, torn-from-the-headlines romantic farce (romarce?), which is based on the somewhat-true story of Texas con man Steven Russell (Carrey) and his eponymous boyfriend Phillip Morris (McGregor). 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/
Film school rejects:
"Overall, the film looks like a mixture between bobeiras and absurdities of a film of the Farrelly brothers (There's Something about Mary), but with the intelligence of a film of the Coen brothers (No Country for Old Men). Sometimes it is laugh and is very sad and exciting. But throughout the film, the performance of Jim Carrey really shines and life to the film. The authenticity of it to his character
is the key for us to sell this ridiculous - but true - story, and keeps us entertained in the process. Also one of their performances is more homogeneous, in which he is the measure of its extreme that we know. Can be - I dare say - one of his best performances. (...) No matter how many lies he says, or how much destruction they cause, in the still excited about his life. Ewan McGregor also has a carismatic performance as the sweet and girlish Phillip. "
"If you give up your dreams, what's left?"
Here is a list of all the reviews so far, maybe this can be edited to the front page so people don't post duplicates.
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
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