I Love You Phillip Morris

  • 15
  • Glenn Ficarra, John Requa (2009)
  • US / Fr
  • 93 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

Jim Carrey does his in-your-face and overbearing act again here, but this true story about a conman who's crazy in love isn't just another excuse for copious mugging. As Steven Russell, Carrey also cuts a tragic figure when he becomes overwhelmed by his feelings for a sensitive soul he meets in prison. Ewan McGregor is the heart of the film as Phillip Morris, and the pair's tempestuous romance, though subject to coarse humour, is also tenderly portrayed by writer/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Bad Santa). It can feel too madcap when McGregor isn't on screen, but Carrey's performance is also compelling and surprisingly poignant. The fact that Steven tries to break back into jail after being released ups the laughter content, though the shifts in tone towards the end are unsettling. Even so, the film remains outrageously funny without resorting to cheap gags.

Plot Summary

Biographical comedy drama starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. Following a near-death experience in a car accident, policeman Steven Russell decides that in future he will live life to the full, even if it means straying to the wrong side of the law. During a stay in prison he becomes captivated by the enigmatic Phillip Morris and sets about hatching a plan that will free Phillip from jail so that they can build a life together.

Cast and crew


Steven Russell
Jim Carrey
Phillip Morris
Ewan McGregor
Debbie Russell
Leslie Mann
Jimmy Kemple
Rodrigo Santoro
Michael Mandel
Barbara Bascombe
Marylouise Burke


Glenn Ficarra
John Requa

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
E1 Entertainment
Violence, swearing and sex scenes.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 12 Mar 2010
Certificate 15