nziff ’10: I Love You, Phillip Morris
Dir. Glenn Ficarra & John Requa | USA | 2009 | 103 mins.
From the writers of Bad Santa comes this pitifully absurd caper comedy about a jackass con-artist (Jim Carrey) who pretends to be a lawyer in order to continually bust out of jail to be with his homosexual lover, the titular character played by Ewan McGregor. Based on the true-life sex-scapades of Steven McVicker, the film hyper actively returns time and time again to the ins-and-outs of the protagonists’ sex lives as opposed to actually developing them as characters. Perhaps some find the inclusion of two big-name Hollywood actors and their on-screen kissing, etc. amusing, but this reviewer doesn’t get it.
The film plays like a gay American Pie without the jokes and supporting characters—like the Asian-American played by Harold from Harold & Kumar who coins the term “milf.” There’s nothing even remotely as funny as Stiffler or his mom in this film, and I’d bet the ridiculously tan flamboyant caricatures the two stars are made to look like—and some of the lines, like “Being gay is expensive!” for example—might even seem borderline offensive to some. If not offensive then these characters are certainly painfully unexciting to watch for more than an hour and a half.
I Love You, Phillip Morris will almost certainly be re-released at Rialto and similar cinemas.