Jim Carrey stars in 'I Love You Phillip Morris,' another black comedy that too often misses the mark.
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Jim Carrey began his career by making the whole world laugh and then, like most comics, he decided he wanted to be more than just a beloved buffoon. He's taken real chances in his choice of roles, and although most of them haven't paid off either commercially ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind") or artistically ("The Majestic"), he deserves credit for not merely pushing the envelope but puncturing it.
All this is by way of saying that "I Love You Phillip Morris" is a movie that may flummox even fans of "The Cable Guy."
As yet another in a seemingly endless series of based-on-a-true-story movies, "Phillip Morris" becomes increasingly unbelievable the longer it plays out. Carrey plays Steven Russell, who finds out as a boy that he's been adopted, grows up to be a Georgia policeman, has two kids and a lovely wife (Leslie Mann), sings in church, and all the while, it turns out, is gay.
Following his rejection by the birth mother he's tracked down, Steven decides to ditch his own family and triumphantly live his life as a gay man. Living la vida loca in South Beach, he discovers that "being gay is really expensive" and goes on a spree of financial fraudulence that eventually lands him in prison, where he hooks up with blond cellmate Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor, doing his best to alienate his "Star Wars" fans).