Sunday, March 25, 2012

"I Love Your Phillip Morris": this one is really silly

I do remember the silly TV black-and-white commercial “Call for Phillip Morris” when I was a boy.  In those days we didn’t see anything “wrong” with it, particularly when driving through Richmond.

The comedy “I Love You, Phillip Morris” seems about as pointless.  I skipped out on it like it was a 1961 WM tribunal when it came out in 2009 (from Roadside Attractions), but it snuck into my Netflix queue with some stealth.

The opening is funny enough, when 9-year-old Steven’s adoptive parents tell him he’s special and was picked out.

But the adult Steven (Jim Carrey), once he “comes out”, decides to play the gay “Catch Me If You Can” role.  Oh, gay life is so expensive, outside the Bird Cage. He winds up falling in love with fellow prisoner Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). Once Steven gets out, he becomes a new order of flim flam man to get Phillip out.  (The stuff about faking HIV was not funny to me.)

It’s amazing that this is based on a book supposed to be a true story by Steven McVicker: “I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love and Prison Breaks”. 

The characters don’t like Texas, either.  But the movie was shot in Florida.

The DVD comes from Lionsgate (site). The film can be rented “legally” on YouTube for $1.99. Sorry, not many stars for this one. 

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