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I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS
I Love You Phillip Morris is a rare breed. When it comes to true story tales of brilliant-minded men against the law, there are only so many forms we can expect to see those stories take on the big screen — as a historical crime drama perhaps, or an upbeat caper thriller — but Bad Santa writers Glenn Ficarra & John Requa saw the potential for something different for their directorial debut, and opted for a campy romantic comedy instead. Their decision paid off wonders. The film still suffers a tad from formula fatigue, but by finding the humor in the absurd, the predictably of the proceedings is effortlessly overcome by the pic’s sheer good-natured charm. Much of that credit is owed to Jim Carrey and the bright-eyed Ewan McGregor, who are a perfect fit for the film’s playfully innocent tone. The true highlight of the film though is the subversive, darkly comedic edge that its directors inject during opportune moments to offset the saccharine sweetness, providing the film an underlying notion of reality that’s both hilarious and smartly demonstrative of how our circumstances in life are all about the outlook with which we choose to perceive them.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD & Blu-ray – Audio commentary with producer Andrew Lazar and writers/directors John Requa & Glenn Ficarra, and a “The Making of I Love You Phillip Morris” featurette.
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I Love You Phillip Morris has yet to hit the big screen in America and it’s already infamous. After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009, the film attracted controversy for its explicit portrayal of two gay lovers, played by Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. It then went through several lengthy, well publicized behind-the-scenes battles with companies purchasing it, setting release dates, folding, then taking it off the table completely. Finally, it seems as if the gay con man comedy will be released on December 3 and a brand new, Red Band trailer for this incredible true story has come online. We’ve got it after the jump and while it’s possible you’ve feel bludgeoned by news about this movie (we have, after all, posted several trailers already) having seen the flick myself, this is probably the best representation of it to date. Read More »
In August, Roadside Attractions picked up rights to distribute I Love You, Phillip Morris in North America. The film, directed by Bad Santa writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, has been at the center of a distribution mess all year. But the film will now see release in the States on December 3. There’s even a poster, which you can see in full below. Read More »
Good news for those who are interested in seeing I Love You, Phillip Morris, the reportedly quite good caper/prison/gay love story movie with Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor. After a long, weird bunch of business deals that left the film without any US distribution, the film will finally come to theaters in the States. (It has already played in many other markets.) Refresh yourself on the details of the film’s past, failed distro deals if you wish, but all that matters now is that we’ll get to see it.
Roadside Attractions picked up the film, which was directed by Bad Santa writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. The company will release Phillip Morris in the US and Canada on December 3, finally bringing to a close the film’s path to theaters, which began at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Roadside already has two strong awards contenders (Winter’s Bone and yesterday’s pickup Biutiful) and I Love You, Phillip Morris makes an interesting third. [Deadline]
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Who would have guessed that a little movie about gay men and prison breaks would generate a full-on distribution saga? I Love You, Phillip Morris , directed by Bad Santa writers Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, was bought a while after Sundance ’09, then had release dates pushed back a couple times, then was taken off the release schedule, then put back on.
And now there’s word that the original financier EuropaCorp is taking the film back from current distributor Consolidated Pictures Group, citing breach of contract. Read More »
Briefly: Last week there was a bit of lamentation and gnashing of teeth over the fact that the Jim Carrey / Ewan McGregor comedy I Love You, Phillip Morris had been yanked from any reliable release schedule. Now it has been given a new date, with Consolidated Pictures Group still distributing.
The film will now open on July 30 and then expand on August 6. Whether this is because there was evident interest in the film when the shelving was announced last week, or because the ‘shelving’ was exaggerated is unclear. Either way, we’ll see the film in theaters, and that’s a good thing. [Variety]
In December of last year we saw an extended (3-minute plus) French promo reel for I Love You, Phillip Morris. Now there’s another trailer coming out of France that very likely will be a lot like what we get to see in the US closer to the film’s February 2010 opening. Starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor, I Love You, Philip Morris is a love story, a prison break story and a con man movie all in one. It did incredibly well at Sundance, and evidently for good reason: it looks fantastic and wildly entertaining. See the clip after the break. Read More »
I Love You, Phillip Morris premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival to fairly good reviews, but distributors have been turned off by “the graphic homosexual sex depicted in the film,” and the film has yet to score domestic theatrical distribution, until now. Variety reports that the Jim Carrey/Ewan McGregor comedy has finally been acquired by Consolidated Pictures Group for domestic distribution. An earlier report stated that thefilm was being re-edited in “a last ditch attempt to find an American distributor. It is unclear if the original cut or a new cut will be distributed to theaters in the U.S. And no word yet on a release date.
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Britain’s Times Online is claiming that I Love You, Phillip Morris (not to be confused with I Love You, Man, which is in theaters today) might be going direct-to-dvd in the United States. The Jim Carrey/Ewan McGregor comedy premiered at Sundance in January to fairly good reviews. Distributors were turned off by “the graphic homosexual sex depicted in the film,” and the film has yet to score domestic theatrical distribution.
According to the report, the movie is currently being re-edited in “a last ditch attempt to find an American distributor. If it fails to do so, it will go straight to DVD.” I haven’t seen the movie, but I’m shocked that a film like Brokeback Mountain or Milk can get theatrical distribution but a comedy starring Jim Carrey is thought about as unmarketable.
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TrailersLand has posted an extended French promotional trailer for the upcoming Jim Carrey / Ewan McGregor comedy I Love You Phillip Morris. It was just announced that the film will premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. As far as I know, the movie doesn’t yet have a U.S. distributor. The movie is adapted from Steve McVicker’s 2003 novel, and based on a true story. Carrey plays Russell, a criminal who falls in love with his cell mate, Phillip Morris (McGregor). After Morris’ release from prison, Russell attempts a variety of bizarre prison escapes in hopes of reuniting with the love of his life. The movie was apparently pitched as “Catch Me if You Can meets Brokeback Mountain“. The screenplay was written by the team who did Bad Santa. Watch the trailer embedded below thanks to TrailerAddict. Leave your thoughts in the comments.