Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa
I heard about this movie a while ago, and quite frankly had no idea what to expect. A love story between Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, half of which takes place in prison? How strange is this movie going to be? As it turns out, pretty darn strange. But even more, damn entertaining.
It’s a pretty sad case when a movie is having trouble being released in North America because the powers that be (in the studios) think that the movie might be too “gay” for American audiences. While this film is definitely a love story between two men (okay, maybe more than two… Carrey gets around, what can I say) there’s nothing obscene about it. To be honest, it even bother’s me that I have to write that previous sentence. It’s basically admitting that according to a large amount of public opinion, there’s inherently something “obscene” about two men loving each other, which clearly, to any progressive thinking human being (human being is the key phrase there) there obviously isn’t. Anyway, Carrey and McGregor kiss a few times and McGregor pretends to go down on Carrey, that’s about it. Oh the humanity!!!!
The best part of the film is that it’s equally touching as it is funny. It never goes above and beyond the call of duty in either one of those two categories, but it does a very solid job of both. The acting is also something worth mentioning. At first it’s a little difficult to get into Carrey’s southern accent, but eventually it becomes pretty natural. He does a fantastic job in making you believe that this man could really con as many people as he does. Ewan McGregor also does a fantastic job. He’s arguably even better than Carrey in the shorter amount of screen-time that he’s given. It’s sort of disappointing that about half way through the film, his character more or less disappears for the third quarter, but that’s only because he does such a good job when he is on-screen that you miss his presence.
In the end, “I Love You Phillip Morris” is probably the best romantic comedy of the year (at least so far) and it’s a shame that because of its subject matter, more people might not get to see it. We can only hope that some day soon, this will change. And for those of you interested in seeing it, seek it out, it’s really not that difficult to find. (As it’s been out on DVD in Europe for a couple of months already… yet another reason why Europe is awesome.)