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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

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A cop turns con man once he comes out of the closet. Once imprisoned, he meets the second love of his life, whom he'll stop at nothing to be with.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Carrey ... Steven Russell
Ewan McGregor ... Phillip Morris
Leslie Mann ... Debbie
Rodrigo Santoro ... Jimmy
Antoni Corone ... Lindholm
Brennan Brown ... Birkheim
Michael Mandell ... Cleavon
Annie Golden ... Eudora
Marylouise Burke ... Barbara Bascombe (as Mary Louise Burke)
David Jensen ... Judge
Dameon Clarke ... Houston Lawyer
Clay Chamberlin Clay Chamberlin ... Cellmate - Arnie
Louis Herthum ... Doctor
Morgana Shaw ... Steven's Mom
Joe Chrest ... Steven's Dad
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Storyline

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. Written by The Film Catalogue

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Rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language | See all certifications »

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France | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una pareja dispareja See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$112,520, 5 December 2010

Gross USA:

$2,037,459

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$39,408,227
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(European Film Market)

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Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

During the scene where Jim Carrey's character walks through the police station asking how people are doing, one extra replies with "shrivelled and to the left"; th is most likely a nod to one of Jim Carrey's earlier film "Liar Liar", when he replies the same answer when asked "hows it hanging". See more »

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When Steven is leaving the private care facility the calender shown skips the 14th of the month. See more »

Quotes

Steven Russell: I'm gay. I'm a huge fag. Faggot! That's what they're gonna call me.
Ambulance Attendant: If you say so, sir.
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Always good to entertain audiences
2 October 2011 | by Cat-WingsSee all my reviews

Jim Carrey is a talented actor who played funny characters with vigour as if he is jumping out of the screen such as "The Trueman Show (1998)", "The Cable Guy (1996)" and "Yes Man (2008)", while he also portrayed an ordinary guy who suffered the pain of love that everyone would experience one or more in their life, in "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)". This time, the story is a love story based on a true story, which describes a genius corn man who has an IQ of 169, and became gay after he experienced an accident.

He tries to impersonate a lawyer, embezzle money from a corporation, and attempts to break out of jail many times, just because he is in love. In fact, Steven Russell played by Jim Carrey who attempted to break jail many times, and he was sentenced to prison in Texas for 144 years. Assuming from Jim's extraordinary characters he has portrayed, it may be imaginable that Jim could play someone gay using an interesting look and mannerisms. But you would be surprised how natural Ewan McGregor acts as a boyfriend of Steve.

Steve would do anything including crimes for his loved one. This feeling reminded me of "Monster (2003)", where Charlize Theron played a role, who became a serial killer only for the sake of seeing her girlfriend's smile, which was also based on a fact.

Another interesting thing in this story would be how the network in an American jail is created by prisoners.


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