I Love You Phillip Morris

Directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
  • USA
  • 102 minutes
  • 2008

Concocted by the warped minds that were behind the creation of Bad Santa and centered around an eccentrically wonderful performance by Jim Carrey, I Love You… relates a true story that is truly stranger than fiction, and a love story that will not be denied.

When Texas policeman, Steve Russell (Carrey), turns to fraud to allow him to change his lifestyle (in more ways than one), his subsequent stay in the state penitentiary results in his meeting the love of his life, fellow inmate Phillip Morris (McGregor). What ensues can only be described as a relentless quest, as Russell attempts escape after escape and executes con after con, all in the name of love.

A primer on the irresistible power of a man who is either insane or in love – is there a difference? – I Love You, Phillip Morris surely serves to remind us of the resilience of the human spirit.

Sundance Film Festival Programme

Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro