I Love You Phillip Morris (2009) Film Review

I love you Phillip Morris

What happens when you get Jim Carrey to play a super gay character? You get a terrible film. Not even Ewan McGregor could fix it. (Side note: I think Jim Carrey can do a lot better than this in dramatic roles. I think it is more that the film went for a crazy comedy vibe that didn’t work at all).

Essentially, it is a film telling the true story of a Steven Jay Russell (Jim Carrey) who was a policeman, a husband and a father who has a car accident and realises that he is gay, so he becomes super, super gay. Totally massive and bordering on offensive stereotyping. He does a whole heap of embezzling and ends up in jail where he meets Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) and falls in love.

It was just tedious and unbelievable and felt as though it missed all of the drama in pursuing crazy laughs. I wonder if the story itself will ever be retold, but as a dark comedy rather than a piece of slapstick ridiculousness.

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