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I Love You Phillip Morris

Year: 2009
Production Co: Europa Corp
Director: Glenn Ficarra
Writer: Glenn Ficarra
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann

After watching this film I wondered if I would have responded differently to it if I'd known it was a true story. If I had, I might have forgiven the anchorless nature of it, the inconsistent tone and the lack of a sense of time and place.

I never knew who the character of Steven (Carrey) really was – whether he was ultrasmart, dumb but lucky or a combination of the two. Maybe that was the point. Multiple episodic bursts of storytelling in completely different times and places also made it seem like a much longer film than it was.

After an everyday beginning depicting Steven as a happily married cop, we learn he's actually been gay all his life, and in the movie's funniest line he learns how expensive it is being gay when he comes out. When he gets busted for one of his many frauds he meets sweet-natured Phillip (McGregor) in jail and the two fall in love.

Steven's ambition to get them both out of jail so they can live happily ever after results in one over the top and ambitious con after another. Many of them are comic foil and well staged, it's just that each piece didn't add up to a cohesive whole.

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