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I Love You Phillip Morris

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Directed by Glenn Ficarra
John Requa
Produced by Luc Besson
Andrew Lazar
Far Shariat
Written by Glenn Ficarra
John Requa
Steve McVicker (Novel)
Starring Jim Carrey
Ewan McGregor
Leslie Mann
Rodrigo Santoro
Distributed by Consolidated Pictures Group
Release date(s) January 18, 2009 (2009-01-18) (Sundance)
02010-02-10 February 10, 2010 (France)
March 17, 2010 (UK)
April 30, 2010 (USA)
Running time 100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20 million

I Love You Phillip Morris is a comedy-drama film based on the real life events of con artist, impostor, and multiple prison escapee Steven Jay Russell played by Jim Carrey. While incarcerated, Russell falls in love with his cell mate, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). After Morris is released from prison, Russell escapes from prison four times in order to be reunited with Morris.



The story begins with Russell, played by Jim Carrey, on his deathbed recalling the events of his life that led him there. He begins with his life in Texas as a happily married police officer who plays the organ at church, prays every night with his wife (Leslie Mann) and spends his off hours searching for the biological mother who gave him up as a child. That, and hes gay. But after finding and being handily rejected by the mother who gave him up as a baby, Steven leaves his life and family behind to go out into the world and be his true, flamboyantly gay self. He moves to Miami, finds a boyfriend (Rodrigo Santoro) and begins living the high life. He realizes quickly though, that a life of luxury is expensive, leading this resourceful former cop to turn to a life as a conman. But when his con work finally catches up with him, Steven is sent to prison where he meets, and almost instantly falls in love with Phillip Morris, played by Ewan McGregor. From there the story becomes a Don Quixote-esque story of a forlorn lover who cannot bear to be separated from his soul-mate. He will go to any lengths to be with Phillip, including but not limited to breaking out of jail on multiple occasions, impersonating Phillips lawyer and fraudulently becoming the CFO of a major corporation.


After original difficulty finding a US distributor, likely due to its homosexual content, the film was re-edited.[1] It was recently announced by Variety that Consolidated Pictures Group has acquired the rights for distribution.[2] The film is set for a release in France and Taiwan in February 2010, Estonia on March 5, in the United Kingdom on March 18 and the United States on April 30 2010. The film was adapted from I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love, and Prison Breaks by Steve McVicker.[3]

Box office

I Love You Phillip Morris has grossed $3,228,623 as of 3 March 2010. It is yet to be released in the United States. [4]


Damon Wise of The Times gave the film four stars out of five stating, 'I Love You Phillip Morris is an extraordinary film that serves as a reminder of just how good Carrey can be when he's not tied into a generic Hollywood crowd-pleaser. His comic timing remains as exquisite as ever.'[5]


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