Written by Markus Robinson, Edited by Keith Robinson
Markus Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
Rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language.
Loyal Reader: What is “I Love You Phillip Morris”?
Me: It is clearly the best movie nobody has seen is all.
Loyal Reader: But Markus, if this movie is so good then why haven’t I heard of it?
Me: Well reader, because it seems main stream homophobic Hollywood was so scared of this movie that it couldn’t get proper funding for a wide release let alone any T.V. trailers.
Starring huge names such as Jim Carrey (Dumb and Dumber, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Ewan McGregor (Moulin Rouge) and Leslie Mann (any Judd Apatow film you can think of), this movie should have been destined for greatness, if only the major film distributors were not so afraid to touch this film. “I Love You Phillip Morris” was set to come out at the end of 2009, but was pushed back into June of 2010 and wasn’t set into wide release until December 2010, because of the lack of financial support.
And what is so scary about this movie? Well here is the plot: The movie centers around the true story of a con artist (a la “Catch Me If You Can”) named Steven Russell. He is living as a family man with a white picket fence, two children and a critical wife. Every man’s dream right? Oh, and did I mention Steven was a closet homosexual? Well, after walking away from a life altering car crash, Steven has a moment of clarity and decides that in order to be true to himself he must make some drastic changes in his life. So after divorcing his wife and running off to Florida with his new boyfriend Jimmy, he comes to the conclusion that to maintain his new and expensive life style he must become a con artist. And that is just what he does. Oh, and along the way he meets the love of his life, Phillip Morris, in prison and when he is released Steven stops at nothing to get back to Phillip.
This movie will stand as not only the best film this year that nobody has seen, but the best performance of Jim Carrey’s career! With a quirky yet endearing performance, rivaling that of Tom Hanks in “Forest Gump”, Carrey’s performance should have prompted at least a Golden Globe nomination. It is a shame that a film as good as “I Love You Phillip Morris” will end up being lost in the shuffle this Awards season.
Warning: There is a scene that does somewhat make light of the AIDS virus, so if you can’t handle that then this movie is not for you.
Final Thought: I hate to say that this is a brave film, just because it is a dark comedy where the main characters are gay. What I will say about this film is that it is a movie that should not be looked down upon because it’s independently distributed, but praised for its brilliant performances and fresh storyline. Again, shame on the big productions companies for not wanting to touch this comedy simply because the two main characters happen to be homosexual. This was the funniest film of the year! The best homosexual comedy (and I hesitate to separate comedy into sexual orientations, but there you are) since “The Birdcage”; plus with a strong love story and great acting, what more could you ask for? If you can find this film, “I Love You Phillip Morris” is definitely worth your money to check out.