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I Love You Phillip Morris

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Average Rating
6.21 /10
Jim Carrey , Ewan McGregor , Leslie Mann
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Directed by: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Written by: John Requa and Glenn Ficarra , based on the book by Steven McVicker

Released: 2010
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: France/ US
Colour: C
Length: 97

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Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The now reliably terrible Jim Carrey (pictured right) gurns his way through a dismal comedy based on a true story Ė not that thatís any excuse.

He plays a sociopathic con-man who walks out on his wife and small daughter to enjoy a flamboyantly gay lifestyle he canít afford with first an Aids victim (Rodrigo Santoro) and then a creepy convict Ė thatís Ewan McGregor (pictured left), with yet another of his hammy yet ineffectual performances and risible attempts at an American accent.

Some people are going to flinch at the gay sex scenes, which are surprisingly explicit for a mainstream comedy. But you donít need to be homophobic to hate Carreyís character. Amazingly, writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa seem to think heís a lovable rogue, instead of a career-criminal with the charisma of a cockroach.

This is the kind of desperately sad, would-be offbeat movie that A-list stars only make when their career is on the skids. Itís a misjudged mix of comedy and drama, caper flick and romance, middle-of-the-road Hollywood product and raunchy sex comedy.

Jaw-droppingly unfunny and morally despicable, it doesnít work on any level.

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