The 2016 Box Office season continues to ramp up with the debut of The Huntsman: Winter’s War and Elvis & Nixon this weekend while The Jungle Book, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Zootopia continue to play in wide releases. But with Netflix, Amazon, HBO, and Hulu all offering a treasure trove of content, it’s easier and easier to stay home and let the movies come to you. The price of admission for home theater enjoyment is usually sifting through a pile of mediocrity to find something worth your time. We’re hoping to start a new series highlighting the worthy films hidden in those long queues. This week we’re talking about I Love You Phillip Morris.
John Requa and Glenn Ficarra made their directorial debut with this dark comedy way back in 2009 and have gone on to co-direct Focus (last year’s Will Smith and Margot Robbie comedy); Crazy, Stupid, Love (featuring an ensemble comedy cast) and this year’s Whisky Tango Foxtrot. Jim Carrey stars here as con-man Steven Jay Russell and his misadventures over many years and almost as many prison stintes. Carrey delivers an amazing performance featuring less of the zany Ace Ventura mannerisms while still managing to be hyperkinetic on screen. Ewan McGregor pairs perfectly with Carrey as the shy and sincere Phillip Morris. The film is directed and edited impeccably (with many hilarious music cues) which highlight all the performances involved.
I Love You Philip Morris may not be for everyone (there’s plenty of adult humor and graphic images), but its a great watch overall.
Release date: January 18, 2009 (Sundance Film Festival). December 3, 2010 (US release)
Directed by: John Requa and Glenn Ficarra
Written by: John Requa and Glenn Ficarra
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro, Antoni Corone, Leslie Mann
Based on: I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love, and Prison Breaks
by Steve McVicker.
Run time: 93 minutes
MPAA Rating: Rated R for sexual content including strong dialogue, and language