Title: I Love You Phillip Morris
Country: France, USA
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Writers: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Steve McVicker
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.