Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #276 I Love You Phillip Morris

In Uncategorized on August 20, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Movie #276 I Love You Phillip Morris

(2009, US, d. Glenn Ficarra, John Requa)

An earlier directorial effort from the filmmakers behind this summer’s incredible Crazy Stupid Love, I Love You Phillip Morris is a film that is boosted by a great cast that really commits itself to the various roles presented here. Especially remarkable is Ewan McGregor as Phillip Morris, who completely transforms himself into a weak, Southern gay man who totally falls for Jim Carrey’s character. The biggest problem though with this film is that it never really establishes its tone. Like a few other recent comedies, I couldn’t tell what it was trying to accomplish. Was it trying to tell a slapstick story about a gay conman? Was it trying to tell a con story? Was it just trying to tell a life story? Or was it supposed to make me laugh? There’s a lot to debate about this film, but again, the biggest problem is that no scene ever felt to be part of a cohesive whole that a movie is supposed to showcase. Instead, audiences are witness to a bunch of malleable tones – from comedy, to drama, to sexual, to slapstick, to strange and weird. It’s a film that not only asks the audience to just go with it, but also asks Jim Carrey to bring down his regular self for a more realistic character. Again, I can’t completely agree with that decision since parts of the film were slapstick in the first place. I don’t remember laughing out loud at any one part and I especially don’t remember being riveted to the screen. This is a showcase of actors who commit to a flimsy film and that, sadly, is the only reason to see it.

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