December 03, 2010


COLESMITHEY.COMThere's something terribly romantic about the bond that develops between Ewan McGregor's and Jim Carrey's gay lovers in a con-man story not far removed from a great film like "Catch Me if You Can."

There's a sincerity in both movies than humanizes its criminal protagonists and celebrates their abilities to outwit the lawmen that tirelessly pursue them.

I love you Phillip Morris | Mutuca

There's enough cinematic glue here to name a new genre: the extravagant conman genre. Based on the exploits of an actual thief named Steven Russell, the movie is a comedy that's funny for all the right reasons, and equally dramatic as well.

It's impossible to imagine anyone other than Jim Carrey playing a man who realizes he's gay while in the throes of a heterosexual marriage before going on to criminal greatness.

Gay and Gayer

Russell got hired as a chief financial officer at NASA, where he plundered cash like it was water from an open tap. He's a natural-born liar, even to himself. And yet, the love Russell discovers for fellow prison inmate Phillip Morris (McGregor), while serving time for stealing a rental car, has a ring of undeniable truth. For all of its goofy sight-gags, slapstick chase scenes, and snappy character bluffs, "I Love You Phillip Morris" is unapologetically gay.

Movie Review: I Love You Phillip Morris

Clouds in the sky take penis-and-balls shape. That the co-directed film took over two years to find American distribution finds resonance with the U.S. military's ongoing "don't ask, don't tell" saga. Audiences all around the world have already seen it. Now it's America's turn.

MOVIE REVIEW: I Love You Phillip Morris | SanDiego.com

Rated R. 98 mins.

4 Stars

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