Jim Carrey comes out of the closet…
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro & Nicholas Alexander
Directed by: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Screenplay by: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Steven Russell (Carrey) comes out of the closet and ends up in jail where he meets and falls for fellow inmate, Phillip Morris (McGregor).
We all know by now that Jim Carrey is just as assured playing a more serious part as he is playing his trademark goofy roles. I Love You Phillip Morris – which wowed critics as last year’s Sundance Film Festival – presents Carrey with a dream role to get his teeth into. Playing straight, church going police officer turned homosexual conman Steven Russel, Carrey gets to combine all of his slapstick brilliance with his more dramatic acting skills. His performance is genuine, honest, touching and damn funny too. Unsurprisingly though Carrey has once again been completely overlooked by the Academy, which is a shame considering this marks the fourth occasion Carrey has delivered an Oscar worthy performance.
Ewan McGregor is perfectly fine too as the title’s Phillip Morris, sweet, innocent and convincing enough when required but on the whole, this is certainly the Jim Carrey show. Importantly though, their characters relationship never feels forced, it is a genuinely touching connection that they share.
Coming from the writers of the brilliant Bad Santa, this is a black comedy of the blackest kind with plenty of foul language – used to absolute perfection in one particular scene where a prison inmate hurls abuse at the prison guards – and of course some riotous anal gags. But it’s not just the gags that Phillip Morris nails. This is a film that like Steven Russell himself, manages to lie, cheat and rebel right to the very end where our emotions are suddenly put into overdrive; with the rug – as they famously say – being completely pulled from under our feet. Amazingly based on a true story, I Love You Phillip Morris will easily be remembered as one of the sharpest comedies this year.