I really thought that this movie would suck big time (suck lol), but it turned out to be a heart-warming comedy that leaves viewer interested in destinies of the characters. The leads are phenomenal, I knew that Ewan was a versatile actor and Jim just showed that he can play almost anybody and make him funny. Subtle humor and toying with the whole gay vibe are the sources of endless jokes and funny situations. Since we are not used to see a gay love story on the big screen this is quite refreshing, especially since it is all true. The thing that I Love You Phillip Morris did for LGBT rights is amazing. Finally, we have a movie that explains the reasoning behind the love between two man. Usually, those relationships are portrayed without much background context, they usually serve some purpose that has nothing to do with the relationship itself. I mean it’s treated much more differently than the relationship between a man and a woman.
Steven Russell is an average guy that is happily married and has a steady job. Although his life seems perfect, there’s something missing. Some part of him is on red alert and Steven doesn’t know why is that happening. However, after he realizes that he’s gay, he decides to live his life to the fullest, and that is going to require a lot of money, so he starts his endless string of cons to get that money. And that gets him into prison where he will meet the love of his life Phillip Morris. After this encounter he will dedicate his life to him and his love, but that is not going to be easy. Enjoy in this beautiful and funny movie.
Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Nicholas Alexander, Michael Beasley
Fun Fact: After original difficulty finding a US distributor, likely due to its explicit gay sexual content, the film was re-edited.