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I Love You Phillip Morris is a 2010 Dramedy starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. It follows the true story of Steven Jay Russell, a con man and serial prison fugitive, and the love of his life, a sweet-natured unlikely inmate named Phillip Morris (no connection to the infamous tobacco company).

When our story begins, Steven (Carrey) is a respected Virginia Beach deputy sheriff with a beautiful wife, Debbie, and an adorable daughter, Steffie. He goes to church every Sunday, does his job well and sexes up his wife on a regular basis. The problem is, he is also secretly gay. When a freak car accident causes him to reevaluate his priorities, Steven comes out of the closet and starts life anew in Florida with his new boyfriend, Jimmy. However, his extravagant gay lifestyle requires a little extra funding, and he becomes a con man to continue living "high on the gay hog". He is soon discovered, and goes to prison for insurance fraud, where he falls head-over-heels for Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor), a shy young blond from Arkansas. So begins a long relationship marked by multiple prison escapes, scams, hardships and magic markers.


I Love you Phillip Morris provides examples of:

  • Actor Allusion: Steven's comments about how 'God is a mean kid with a magnifying glass and I'm an ant,' is very similar to Jim Carrey's similar speech in Bruce Almighty.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: A male-on-male variation. Phillip gives Steven a mighty big slap after Steven fakes his own death to break out of prison (again) and returns to get Phillip out while posing as his lawyer (again). Phillip was never supposed to find out but he did and had an agonising phone call with Steven while he was "dying". Steven admits it was completely justified.
  • Camp Gay: Steven seemed to enthusiastically try to become this. Though he quickly found the lifestyle to be a tad too expensive for him to live on his salary. Cue the crime spree.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Steven has a unique string of words whilst trying to play golf and Clevon has one when told by the guards to turn off the music (that Phillip asked for).
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Steven robs, cons and lies to essentially everyone in his life. With the exception of him lying to Phillip, it's all played for laughs.
  • Development Hell: Technically: The film finished on time but due to the above it hadn't been released in America. From The Other Wiki:

 The film was released in Europe, Taiwan and Japan between February and April 2010. Although a limited run in the United States was initially scheduled for April 30, 2010, it was later reported that the film's release had been indefinitely postponed by its distributors, Consolidated Pictures Group but on April 12, 2010, Variety announced the distributor had had a change of heart and that I Love You Phillip Morris would be shown in limited theaters starting July 30 before expanding nationwide on August 6.

On June 3, 2010, the film was delayed yet again due to legal battles. The film is now scheduled for a December 3, 2010 release after Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment acquire the rights to distribute in the United States.

 Phillip: I rented a car. Kept it too long.

Steven: Grand theft?

Phillip: Theft of services.

Steven: Insurance fraud.

Phillip: No, just theft of services.

Steven: No, me, insurance fraud.

    • Also at the end of the film when Steven is about to be prosecuted the two guys sitting next to him discuss theirs and Steven tries to escape.
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