What’s a better way to spend Valentine’s Day then in Gay Paree? As a fugitive? With your boyfriend?
The Louvre will never be the same.
‘I Love You, Phillip Morris,’ is a new movie coming to the Big Screen about a con man who winds up in the Big House. It is the improbable but true story of a spectacularly charismatic conman’s journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, brilliantly escaping from the Texas prison system on four separate occasions – all in the name of love, even gay love. The film opens in March.
Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) leads a seemingly average life—an organ player in the local church, happily married to Debbie (Leslie Mann), and a member of the local police force. That is until he has a severe car accident that leads him to the ultimate epiphany: he’s gay and he’s going to live life to the fullest—even if he has to break the law to do it.
Taking on an extravagant lifestyle, Steven turns to cons and fraud to make ends meet and is eventually sent to the State Penitentiary where he meets the love of his life, a sensitive, soft-spoken man named Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts him to attempt—and often succeed at—one impossible con after another. Told with an uncanny sense of humor and a lot of humor, the film is an oddball tale of what can happen when the legal system, a daredevil and undying love collide.
The film wowed audiences at last year’s Sundance Fim Festival, but had a hard time at first finding a major distributor.
Actually based on
a true story, the film is on one hand a classic Jim Carrey farce, but it is painted with the realities of love, life, and loss.