04 Jan

I Love You Phillip Morris

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Lissa Coffey

Grade: B-

It’s really difficult to rate this movie because it’s so unlike anything I’ve seen before.  It’s kind of campy, and yet, it’s based on a true story.  At the beginning of the movie the caption reads: This really happened.  It really did.

Jim Carrey plays a character who starts out being a somewhat typical family man.  But then he has a car accident and decides to stop living a lie and start living life as he truly is.  He’s a con man, and he’s gay.  He gets himself into one outlandish situation after another, which is what makes the movie so entertaining.  Just when you think, “what else can he do” he does something even crazier!

Ewan McGregor plays Phillip Morris, the boyfriend that Carrey’s character meets in prison.  So in a way, this is a love story.  But the whole thing plays our very bizarre – it keeps you guessing.  I guess the sheer originality is what intrigued me the most.

Strong cast, terrific performances.

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