Based on the unbelievably true story of con-man Stephen Russell (Jim Carrey), ‘I Love You, Phillip Morris’ tells the story of a man desperately trying to understand himself in a world where he is only a figment of his own lies. He is everything and anything he wants to be apart from himself. This begins to change when he meets Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) who he falls madly in love with, and will do anything to please.
The film has the benefit of being based on a remarkable true story, therefore the writers really had little creativity to manufacture.
The story is enough to shock in itself, but the first time directors – Glenn Ficara and John Requa – seemed intent on making a bold statement with their rookie flick. Flagrant homosexuality a plenty, this isn’t one for the mother-in-law. This content may have some of you whooping, others will cringe and fewer may be offended, however this helps to add to the crazy audacity with which Russell appeared to live his life.
The film has a few cheap laughs, and Carrey fans won’t be disappointed. However, I can’t help but feel the true story would be just as entertaining in book form, yet with more to the imagination.This is marketed as a ‘romcom with a difference’ but it’s virtually the same as most in the genre of late – unimaginatively forgettable.
If you’re looking for a few hours to kill, this may give you the odd giggle but you won’t think once and may even see the females of the audience mourn the loss of their Ewan McGregor crushes.