Friday, April 22, 2011

I Love You Philip Morris - DVD Review


Starring Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann and Rodrigo Santoro.
Directed by Glenn Ficarra & John Requa.

Jim Carrey plays Steven Russell, con-man extraordinaire. It's based on true events, and while I'd wager what actually happened is much different than what we see, what we do see is a fun, zippy love story.

Steven is a gay man and once his wife (Leslie Mann) learns the truth, he leaves her to live the good life. Trouble is, Steven's not a rich man so he engages in identity theft to maintain the lifestyle. Once he gets caught he goes to prison, and there he meets Philip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Now Ewan isn't asked to do much in the movie besides be the cute love interest, but there's an earnest aw-shucksness to him where we can understand why Steven would be attracted to him.

Carrey's performance is all over the map here, and I don't mean that in a bad way. Some of Steven's cons are farcical, but there also need to be moments of genuine emotion, and Carrey pulls it off. It's the most interesting Carrey performance in years.

It reminded me a few times of Catch Me If You Can, between the cons and Steven being on the run, as Steven breaks out of prison over and over to reunite with Philip.

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