JIM CARREY delivers his best dramatic performance since Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind in this improbable and utterly incredible true story.
Based on a novel by investigative reporter Steve McVicker, I Love You Phillip Morris charts the romance of two prison inmates and their journey of self-discovery and writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Bad Santa) strike a pleasing balance between laughter and soul-searching.
Crucially, Carrey generates smouldering screen chemistry with co-star Ewan McGregor, convincing us that undying love and a daredevil spirit can overcome anything.
Truth is far, far stranger than Ficarra and Requa’s entertaining fiction, which takes dramatic licence with dialogue and abbreviates the exploits of their white collar criminal during the 1980s and 1990s, who escaped incarceration four times and paid a terrible price for humiliating the US prison service.
The real Stephen Russell was handed a 144-year sentence and must spend 23 hours every day confined to his cell without visitors. That’s no laughing matter.
When we first meet Stephen (Carrey), he is a happily married police officer with a beautiful wife, Debbie (Mann), and young daughter.
However, the family man has a secret: He is gay.
When he can no longer keep the secret, Stephen comes out to his wife and moves to Florida with boyfriend Jimmy (Santoro).
The cost of living fabulously is perilously high, and Stephen breaks the law to finance his lavish tastes.