Jim Carrey makes terrible movies. He’ll sell out to any goddamn high-concept comedy to come along. But like Robin Williams and, very occasionally Adam Sandler (Punch Drunk Love, Funny People (sort of), Carrey is actually a very good dramatic actor. Plus, he takes risks. Real risks. And I Love You, Phillip Morris is the biggest of his career, so big in fact that the movie — despite the star power attached — has had a difficult time finding distribution in America.
After some editing, however (probably to remove some of the more graphic homosexual conduct), Consolidated Pictures Group (whatever that is) has picked up I Love You, Phillip Morris and set a release date next February, more than a year after it premiered at Sundance.
It still doesn’t have a US trailer, but at least this one is in English (with subtitles). It actually looks kind of great: I think the trailer plays up the comedic elements, but I suspect, also, that there’s a darker underbelly. The movie is based on the real life events of con artist, impostor, and multiple prison escapee Steven Jay Russell (Jim Carrey). While incarcerated, Russell falls in love with his cell mate, Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). After Morris is released from prison, Russell escapes from prison four times in order to be reunited with Morris.