The true story of an ex-cop, ex-husband, ex-insurance swindler, ex-model prisoner and eternal lover of cellmate Philip Morris. Steven Russell will do anything to avoid being separated from the man of his dreams. Which means not rotting away in prison. How far can one go for love?
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"You just let me worry about the money honey". Totally out of their minds. Steven Russell was never violent and was always driven by love. I like that this film brings out the folly and shows what a mockery Russell made of US police and prison security. There is probably a dark version of this film showing the pain these guys suffered & severe prison punishment for insulting the "intelligence" of the state. G W Bush.
An absolutely amazing movie. I'm shocked at how much I enjoyed this. The twists and turns in the story are fantastic and impossible to detect. Jim Carrey gives one of the best performances of his career (its great to see him in a film that isn't absolute crap these days) and Ewan McGregor's fantastic as well! Also, the surprising thing about it was how emotional it gets. Among the best comedies of the last decade.
Jim Carrey and Ewan MacGregor seem to have lost their sense of direction. It's wacky and the story is trying to be unusual, but the effort seems worse than Yes, Man! Oh well, let's hope that Jim Carrey makes a comeback someday. But this isn't it.
I have some reservations about the pre-Morris scenes in which homosexuality is the punchline to a joke. But McGregor's disarming sweetness corrects the tone, just as Morris (however briefly) course-corrected Russell's direction. Quirky and affecting.
For the many forms of comedy on display here (and the fact that so many of them hit right on target), for Jim Carrey's wonderful lead performance and Ewan McGregor's irrepressibly sweet and gentle Phillip Morris, for its sheer entertainment factor--four stars. An unexpectedly genuine romance with dramatic twists is just a bonus.