I Love You Phillip Morris

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I Love You Phillip Morris

Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor star in this comedy from Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (creators of Bad Santa).

Steven Russell (Carrey) is seemingly the ultimate family man: he plays the organ at church, celebrates good news with a nice glass of healthy milk and prays nightly beside his blonde, blue-eyed wife. However, after being involved in a car accident, he's given reason to reassess his life; he admits that he is gay, and enthusiastically embraces what he imagines is the epitome of a gay lifestyle.

But his new lifestyle is expensive and he ends up in jail for fraud. There he meets the sensitive Phillip Morris (McGregor), who he's determined to free from prison - through a series of inventive cons - so that they can secure a future together.

McGregor provides the heart of the film, while Carrey turns in a compelling and poignant performance.

It's perhaps surprising that this funny and original film is based on a true story. Ficarra and Requa have been in a relationship for more than 20 years, which could explain why the comedy feels more about a man in love, rather than a tale revolving entirely around his sexuality.

(2009) Cert: 15

I Love You Phillip Morris synopsis

Comedy based on the true story of a conman who lands in jail and falls in love with a fellow inmate

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