I Love You Phillip MorrisFebruary 10, 2010
Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life…
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 6.7/10 (38,189 voted)
Critic's Score: 65/100
Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann
Steven Russell is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven becomes open about his homosexuality and decides to live life to the fullest – even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris. His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another.
Writers: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
(as Michael Mandell)
(as Mary Louise Burke)
Steven's 11-Year-Old Brother
Cellmate – Arnie
Based On A True Story… No, Really It Is
Release Date: 10 February 2010
Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: €946,920
(14 February 2010)
(10 April 2011)
(European Film Market)
Did You Know?
While on set in New Orleans and filming at the Orleans Parish Prison, one of the extras dressed as an OPP inmate was arrested by a real OPP Jail guard after leaving the set in costume to put belongings in his personal vehicle.
When Steven Russell is working at the deli, the customer pays with a newer five dollar bill that wasn't introduced until Series 1999. The film takes place in the early or mid 1990s.
I love you, Phillip Morris! I love you!
The Power Of The Truth
It's more unique than rare that a film affects me this much. The
center, the emotional center of Phillip Morris has entered my
subconscious in a way that I can't quite describe. It changed my
perception of things. This is the first time I see two men kissing that
made complete sense. I believe and understood like never before the
"normalness" of the feeling. I liked "Brokeback Mountain" too but in
that case, the torturous path of self-loathing that the Heath Ledger
character goes trough, kept me at the periphery of the story like a
sympathetic, moved spectator. Here I was part of it, of them. I'm sure
Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor have a lot to do with it. No cheap shots,
no low comedy. They are so true that you can't help loving them and
rooting for them, flaws and all. I predict "I Love You Phillip Morris"
will become the sleeper of 2009.