[Last Time I Saw] I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

I Love You Phillip Morris poster

Title: I Love You Phillip Morris
Year: 2009
Country: France, USA
Language: English
Genre: Romance
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Writers: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Steve McVicker
Cast:
Jim Carrey
Ewan McGregor
Leslie Mann
Rodrigo Santoro
Antoni Corone
Brennan Brown
Annie Golden
David Jensen
Rating: 7.5/10

I felt grieved to see wrinkles crawling up Jim Carrey’s rubber face notwithstanding, the sure thing is that his performance in this film is award-worthy, which unfortunately has been overlooked again, not even a Golden Globe nomination (they gave Johnny Depp two nominations in one category, so everything is merely a puff), the film is definitely a surprise for me!

The openly gay story is inspired by true events, combines with conman frauds and prison breaks, under the influence of a romantic love tale (an even more surprising portrayal by Ewan McGregor as Jim’s apple of the eyes, the blonde color of hair does help a lot). The chemistry between our two lovebirds are brimmed all over the screen, several important plot twists are handled pretty remarkable, meanwhile comedy elements is diluted to a lesser level (I love the 3 questions gag and its derivations), especially the latter half. The truth is before watched the film, I had some worries that it would become another vulgar gay comedy like Adam Sandler’s I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY (2007), luckily first time directors and writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa prove that their talent of mixing comedy and romance is top-ranking.

It is quite rare to see a film built on a naively untainted love with the absolute purity, it is such a shame due to the gay issue the film is doomed to open to a wider audience compared with other Jim Carrey’s films. In USA, its limited release began at Christmas 2010 did not meet much success, it will be expanded to a national scale this February.

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One thought on “[Last Time I Saw] I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

  1. Pingback: [Last Film I Saw] Crazy, Stupid, Love. « A Breathless Trail

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