At times it’s funny, at times it’s sad, but what I really enjoyed about this film is just how much it reminded me how good Jim Carrey is, when he’s not necessarily playing a role that we’d expect him to take on. The film progresses quickly and keeps you entertained throughout.
Based on a true story, I LOVE YOU, PHILLIP MORRIS’ tells the tale of Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) and Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor), who pretty much fall in love at first sight. They meet in rather unusual circumstances – prison – and what follows is a love story like no other. Russell is willing to go to any lengths in order to be with his love….
What’s sad is that it’s taken over a year for the film to secure a US distributor (it was finally released in December 2010). Despite its release in the UK in Spring 2010, it took ages for it to hit cinemas in the US. It was even re-edited in an attempt to get it picked up. Tut. It’s a shame that its subject matter and possibly the way in which it’s shown has had detrimental effects on its release. Why shouldn’t the film be allowed to show the things that it does i.e. gay sex scenes? What’s important is it has hit the screens, finally, after Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment acquired the rights to distribute it in the United States.