I Love You Phillip Morris

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -4

Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor. Comedy/drama. Written & directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Jim Carrey stars in this improbable but true story of a charismatic conman's journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam. Steven Russell came out of the closet, leaving his wife and child behind in order to find happiness in the gay community. To support his lovers, he found ways of committing fraud (this larceny is played lightheartedly) and was able to escape from the Texas prison system on four separate occasions, assume other identities and successfully get his gay lover/cellmate released.

PREVIEW REVIEW: I suspect Iíll be called homophobic by the activists who spend their day searching the Internet for any dialogue they may consider threatening to the gay cause, but I donít like viewing men kissing, or performing sexual intercourse, or being playfully intimate, as if the twosome were preteen girls experimenting with newfound sexuality. If thatís not your cup of tea either, then be forewarned that there is a great deal of such activity in Jim Carreyís newest bid for Oscar attention.

Iím not sure what the point of the film is, other than to take another swipe at George Bush (gee, we havenít seen that enough at the movies). You see, according to the film, the state of Texas was embarrassed by Steven Russellís ability to escape from prison. And since George Bush was then governor, he surely was to blame for what the film is proclaiming to be incompetency on the part of the penal system. Iím not a fan of President Bush, but the continued vitriolic attack on the former president causes me to question the entertainment industryís motives. Think theyíd be as mocking of our present fearless leader?

There are some funny moments, but sadly most of the filmís humor is derived from bawdy or downright crude situations. Is it insightful? Not much, other than it reminds us that there are people out there who will justify crimes in order to achieve their goals. And that doesnít really seem the purpose of the plot. The leads are portrayed as victims, not of their own obsessions, but of societyís boundaries. Bad old society. Boo, hiss.

Will gays be supportive of this film? I canít see why. The mockish mood does little to champion gay rights. The lead characters come across as unstable, unable to mature mentally. Indeed, they seem somewhat unhinged, living life not just as if they were in a pink-tinged cartoon, but rather existing in a fuchsia-laden state of demented fantasy. Is that how gay men want to be portrayed in the movies?

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
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Crude Language: Several crude sexual remarks and references to bodily functions

Obscene Language: Around 65 obscenities, mostly the s- and f-words.

Profanity: I caught one profane use of Godís name and two of Christís.

Violence: A jolting car crash

Sex: Iíve witnessed the same theme in countless films and didnít have to do it while viewing couples performing the sex act much like copulating like dogs in heat.

Nudity: Brief nudity

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Drinking and drugs are casually used.

Other: None

Running Time: 104 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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