|Isn't it funny when actors take chances instead of conforming to their brand?|
I Love You Phillip Morris is the true story of Steven Jay Russell (Jim Carrey). When the movie begins, Steven is a married police officer with a young daughter. It's pretty obvious that he's not as happy with his life as his wife is; Steven's facial expressions during sex reminded me of Halloween in elementary school, when someone handed you a bowl of cold noodles in the dark and told you they were intestines --- ewww! Pretty soon, Steven has come to terms with his unhappiness and decides to stop living a lie. He swaps hetero- for homo- with his acknowledged sexuality and starts a new life. Good for him, right? Everybody deserves to have some joy in their life.
|An example of "gay" and "happy" being synonyms|
|Note: personal style does not denote sexuality|
|Phillip's reaction to most of those plans|
The acting is what makes I Love You Phillip Morris engaging. When you think about it, the story balances on how likable Jim Carrey can make a man who lies to everyone, whenever he can; it's kind of like Liar, Liar, only with repercussions. It doesn't help that this is a movie about gay men that are not cross-dressers, played by famous Hollywood actors; that's not a concept that Hollywood seems to have accepted as a remote possibility. The script isn't exactly razor sharp, either. To put it another way, if you don't like gay jokes, awkwardness, and innuendo, there might not be much here for you.
|And if you're homophobic, you'll want to take notes. You know, on what you don't like.|
|It's adorable when couples match|
|Example: "If gay means happy, then why do you cry so much?"|
I Love You Phillip Morris is the directorial debut of co-writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. I have trouble assessing the direction in comedies sometimes, because it is so easy (and usually rewarding) for a director to go for a joke instead of the story. That trouble is amplified when the directors are also the writers. Still, I think Ficarra and Requa did a pretty good job with Phillip Morris. They obviously got along with the principal actors well and were smart enough to balance abrasive sexual jokes with some solid emotional content.
|My favorite raunchy joke: "Golf? Why don't you just eat pussy?"|
|Fancy underoos are a start|
I'm not entirely sure what I was expecting with I Love You Phillip Morris. Once I figured out that it wasn't about cigarettes, I mean. It was pleasantly raunchy in a way that I haven't seen in mainstream movies in a while. It had a protagonist with realistic and understandable obstacles to overcome. The supporting cast was good. I would even call it "cute" if there were fewer audible moments of fellatio. I guess I was hoping for something that was trying to be funny more than shocking. I know, I know...the shocking parts are the funny parts. They just weren't funny enough for me.