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“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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