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Revisiting The Dark Gay Comedy "I Love You Phillip Morris" (Based on actual events.)

Revisiting The Dark Gay Comedy “I Love You Phillip Morris” (Based on actual events.)

In case you missed it. Full movie included at the end of the article.

“I Love You Phillip Morris” is a 2009 dark comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. The film is based on the true story of Steven Jay Russell, a gay con artist who falls in love with his fellow inmate, Phillip Morris, and goes to great lengths to be with him. The film is a powerful portrayal of love, devotion, and the human spirit.

The film opens with Steven Jay Russell, played by Jim Carrey, lying on a hospital bed, about to die. The film then flashes back to Steven’s early life, where he is shown as a successful businessman, living a lavish lifestyle with his wife and daughter. However, Steven is not satisfied with his life and decides to come out as gay. This decision leads to the collapse of his marriage and his subsequent move to Florida.

In Florida, Steven becomes involved in a series of cons, from insurance fraud to check forgery. He is eventually caught and sent to prison, where he meets Phillip Morris, played by Ewan McGregor. Steven immediately falls in love with Phillip and decides to do everything in his power to be with him and protect him.

What follows is a series of daring escapes and cons, as Steven manipulates the system to get closer to Phillip. Steven fakes his own death, escapes from prison multiple times, and even poses as a lawyer to get Phillip released from prison. Through all of this, Steven remains unwavering in his love for Phillip, and his desire to be with him.

What makes “I Love You Phillip Morris” such a powerful film is the way it portrays the depth of Steven’s love for Phillip. Despite all the obstacles in his way, Steven is willing to risk everything for the chance to be with the man he loves. This is a love that is pure and true, and it is impossible not to be moved by it.

The film is also a powerful commentary on the justice system, and the ways in which it can fail those who are most vulnerable. Steven is repeatedly punished for his homosexuality, and the film makes it clear that his punishment is not just for his crimes, but for who he is. The film is a call to action to reform a justice system that is still rife with discrimination and injustice.

Jim Carrey delivers a powerful performance as Steven Jay Russell, bringing a depth and complexity to the character that is unexpected from a comedian known for his slapstick humor. Ewan McGregor is equally impressive as Phillip Morris, bringing a vulnerability and tenderness to the role that makes it impossible not to root for the couple.

John Anderson of Variety remarked, “Less of a comedy than a hilarious tragedy, I Love You Phillip Morris stars Jim Carrey in his most complicated comedic role since The Cable Guy.” ]Empire wrote, “One of the funniest films of the year, this is a wonderful mix of old-school Carrey outrageousness with a genuinely touching – and very modern – love story.”

“I Love You Phillip Morris” is a film that everyone should see. It is a powerful, moving, and thought-provoking portrayal of love and the human spirit.. The film is a testament to the power of love, and a reminder that it is always worth fighting for.

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BROS Movie Review: A Historic, Hysterical, Fabulash First!

BROS Movie Review: A Historic, Hysterical, Fabulash First!

Billy Eichner’s sweet, poignant, and hysterical romantic comedy BROS will surprise you. Not only does it make history being the first Gay Rom Com released by a major Hollywood studio but Eicher himself has no problem layering in and lampooning many of the inner problem within our tribe and ends up teaching some gay history at the same time.

The PLOT: Bobby Lieber (Eichner) is an LGBTQ museum curator and podcaster based in New York, who wins the Cis White Gay Man of the Year Award has seemingly given up on finding any semblance of true romance. Night after night, he swipes on dating apps, but eventually meets Aaron (Luke Macfarlane), a lawyer, at a local club. The two fall in love, and navigate being a gay couple in a modern world. 

Bros is a good, solid, raunchy mainstream gay romantic comedy, which is not afraid to tell the truth and poke fun at not only the dating rituals of gay men but also that of the intersectionality issues of the community itself and its glorious if not sometimes messy problems. Bros is raw, unapologetic and completely self aware of the story it’s telling, without worrying about who it’s telling it to.

Gay, STR8, Bi, Trans, whatever. You’ll learn, you’ll love, and you’ll laugh.

BROS is an instant ground breaking classic from Eichner’s kinetic opening monologue to its predictable but FABULASH happy ending..

After all isn’t it about time we had a happy ending.

BROS also stars Bowen YangHarvey FiersteinLuke MacfarlaneTs MadisonMonica RaymundGuillermo DíazGuy BranumAmanda BearseJim Rash, and Grace Adler!



Our Score: 10 rainbows out of 10

“We Are Here: The AIDS Years In San Francisco” – Movie Trailer & Review

“1981 was a big year.  That is when everything changed”

October is Gay History Month and 2011 marks 30 years since the mysterious “gay cancer” otherwise known as AIDS was first reported in the gay community.

Director David Weissman brings us “We Are Here:  The AIDS Years In San Francisco” which revisits the voices and the history of a lost generation by following five subjects—a florist, a nurse, an artist, an activist and a volunteer counselor—who share their stories of being in the throes of a catastrophe that the film aptly refers to as a “war zone.”

It’s impossible for a single film to capture the gay history of the late 70’s and early 80’s and the devastation brought  by AIDS,  but Weissman’s documentary is a powerful  historical achievement, focusing on the arrival, explosion and devastation of AIDS in San Francisco.

Using archive footage, home movies, and the AIDS generation survivors memories it makes a powerful statement of  historical rootedness the gay community and offers a intergenerational understanding of both personal queer history as well as political history of that lost generation.  There is not a hint of mawkishness, self-pity or self-congratulation. and armed with just their voices, wit, humor and memories, the film’s interviewees bring light, wisdom, and heartbreak with their stories of a time and a generation that must be remembered.


We Were Here is now playing in limited release at select theaters . Check your local theatre listing or go to WeWereHereFilm.com  for and upcoming release dates and locations