Alex Blaze

Who's seen "I Love You, Phillip Morris"?

Filed By Alex Blaze | December 26, 2010 5:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment
Tags: Ewan McGregor, i love you phillip morris, Jim Carrey, prison

I just saw I Love You, Phillip Morris, the Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor film that kept on getting its US release date pushed further and further back until it was released this past month.

I thought it was a great movie and I loved Ewan McGregor's acting in it (especially that scene when he ate the chocolates to see the messages inside). The characters were fun and accessible and the plot was exciting with good pacing.

When it came to the gayness in the movie, it makes Jim Carrey's reaction to David Letterman's question about it make more sense. The characters were definitely gay but it wasn't a thing, a beginning for the story but not the end. Even while it managed to be completely gay but less about the gays than something like Brokeback Mountain, it still showed a lot more gay sex than I've seen in a movie not marketed to gay people.

Who else has seen it? What did you all think?


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Saw a review copy a while back. It was good, though Jim Carrey could have used more classic restraint in his acting. His need to mug for the camera ruined several (but importantly, not all) scenes. It was a great story, told well, but Carrey, despite his loyalty to the project and the role nearly ruined it.

But it will still find its way into lists of Important Gay Films, as it should.

I can't stand im Carrey as an actor, but he has won my respect with the way he treats Letterman in that interview-- excellent

I was going to mention that above, but thought better of it. I don't like his work much either, and he wasn't the strongest actor in this film, but it's still a strong departure from other stuff he's done.

I saw it in Lithuania in the summer. I assumed that the film-makers weren't even going to show the characters kissing, so I was pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong halfway through. And the film was generally enjoyable.

I don't understand why gay men aren't flocking to this movie. I loved it. It is an urbane, well executed gay LOVE story and very entertaining. That it is a true story is amazing. Who else better to portray the bigger than life character Steven Russell than Jim Carey? Bravo.
I hope "Phillip Morris" shows at gay film festivals.

Oh, and in case you are interested- the film was shown in smaller mainstream cinemas and gay evenings at Cineplexes all over the EU a while ago. I assume, the reason they didn't show it in the US are the sex scenes? With the two big names, Carey and McGregor, lots of straight fans would want to see it, and they couldn't allow that, could they?
How are reactions now?

The reasons for the hold-up have to do with getting the distribution rights all set up. It's actually a boring story:

http://www.deadline.com/2010/08/jim-carrey-film-i-love-you-phillip-morris-finds-buyer-and-gets-december-3-release/

I googled a bit. Wiki says:
"After original difficulty finding a U.S. distributor, likely due to its explicit gay sexual content, the film was re-edited.[3] In May 2009, it was announced by Variety that Consolidated Pictures Group has acquired the rights for distribution.[4]"

I'm wondering of they did the editing

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/scotland/article5908016.ece


"Lewis Tice, director of publicity and marketing, at distributors TLA Releasing, said he believed the graphic homosexual sex depicted in the film had turned off distributors.

“The depiction of the sexual activity was far more than I’ve ever seen in a mainstream film with a mainstream celebrity,” he said. “There’s a graphic sex scene in the first 10 minutes that I was surprised to see.”

Tice added: “Lesbian gay bisexual and transvestite cinema is still seen as an underground, specific genre. When it comes to Hollywood mainstream, they want the widest audience possible for the amount of money they spend.” "

This is pretty hilarious: "Lesbian gay bisexual and transvestite cinema" I love that :D

After watching the French trailer, I will probably give this film a shot, despite Jim Carrey.
Here's a cute interview with Carrey and McGregor, smootching included
http://www.afterelton.com/blog/edkennedy/phillip-morris-russian-poster

I liked it- and I'm not a fan of Jim Carrey's acting.
The story was interesting, and the sex was portrayed as a natural part of the story- which I liked.
Some of the other components of the story ring true for a lot of us, marriage, honesty, shame, dedication, etc.
Worth a look.

I loved, "I Love You Phillip Morris," it's sad the the rating system in this country prevented general distribution in the US. I was well distributed in Europe and especially liked in France.

I'm not a big Jim Carrey fan, but I made an exception for this film. I thought some of the Jim Carrey antics were a bit contrived. Ewan McGregor was fantastic. There was something about the film that bothered me and it took me awhile to realize what that was. Jim Carrey was playing Jim Carrey, not the character in the story.

Have a great New Year

I loved, "I Love You Phillip Morris," it's sad the the rating system in this country prevented general distribution in the US. I was well distributed in Europe and especially liked in France.

I'm not a big Jim Carrey fan, but I made an exception for this film. I thought some of the Jim Carrey antics were a bit contrived. Ewan McGregor was fantastic. There was something about the film that bothered me and it took me awhile to realize what that was. Jim Carrey was playing Jim Carrey, not the character in the story.

Have a great New Year

Can you really turn Gay after being in a car accident?!