Jim Carrey plays real-life con man/gay sexual outlaw Steven Russell, whose reckless, irrational determination to live a fairy-tale existence with prison squeeze Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor) gets both men into a heap of trouble. In their tag-team directorial debut, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa somehow manage to finesse dicey material that might have been virtually unplayable in lesser hands. But by combining the sardonic wit of vintage Billy Wilder with the Capra-corny heart of Grade-A Spielberg, they manage to pull off a true sleeper.
Carrey hasn't been this good in years, and McGregor makes a fine comic and romantic foil. The subject matter — and occasionally explicit treatment — isn't for everyone, but I Love You Phillip Morris is destined for cult-movie immortality.
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