January 9, 2011

I Love You Philip Morris - 2010

Director: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Writers: Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann

"Love sure is a funny thing. Makes you happy, makes you sad...makes you do a lot of things you never thought you'd do." After embracing his homosexuality following a serious car accident, Stephen Russel (Carrey) moves to Florida and becomes a pathological con man to live the materialism-driven life with his partner. Eventually, he gets caught and sent to jail, where he meets Philip Morris (McGregor), who he immediately falls for. Upon his release, Russell begins doing everything he can to free Morris so they can start a life together, and ends up posing as his lawyer. Russell continues life as a con man, unknown to Morris, to again keep the two of them high on the hog.

I'm not a Jim Carrey fan normally. His comedies, on the whole, I don't care for. However, these two writers (the folks who brought us Bad Santa, the Bad News Bears remake, and the Angry Beavers TV series) have written a character that plays to both his dramatic and, shockingly, comedic strengths. Flashes of Carrey's typical roles are here and there, and they do rely a little heavily on gay stereotypes, but on the whole, it's a very entertaining picture. Honestly, my only real problem was the accent. Russell is a Virginian, and Morris is from Texas, so both actors need accents. McGregor honed his Southern accent before shooting Big Fish a decade ago, but Carrey's is about 85% of the way there, kind of like Bullock in Blind Side last year, and it sounds even worse next to McGregor. Overall, it's a fascinating story that needed to be told, especially if you love perpetual con men. A

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