What You Need To Know:
I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS is unacceptable and abhorrent because of its matter-of-fact and mostly positive portrayal of homosexual relationships. Regrettably, the performances are good, so the movie may attract some box office. MOVIEGUIDE® statistics show, however, that homosexual movies make far less money on average than family movies and movies with strong Christian content.
(RoRoRo, HoHoHo, LLL, V, SSS, NN, A, MMM) Very strong Romantic, homosexual worldview includes sexual depictions and male lead “comes out” as homosexual after establishing a marriage and fatherhood as a heterosexual; at least 42 obscenities and profanities; light prison violence shown in passing and played for laughs; extremely graphic sex scene between two men, frequent discussions about sex, especially homosexual sex and male lead “comes out” as homosexual after establishing a marriage and fatherhood as a heterosexual), full-bodied male nudity, but no genitals shown; occasional alcohol use; and, entire plot hinges around a real-life con man who engages in various forms of fraud before using his deceptions to repeatedly break out of or into prisons, ultimately including faking his own death from AIDS.
I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS is a movie that can best be described as a homosexual RAISING ARIZONA. It is similar in tone and spirit to that 1987 comedy classic by the Coen Brothers about a clueless career criminal who falls in love with a police officer.
In this story, based on a true story that defines the concept that truth is stranger than fiction, Jim Carrey plays Steven Russell, a closeted, married family man who lives a double life hiding homosexual affairs. When a serious car crash nearly kills him, he vows to be open about his homosexuality and abhorrently leaves his wife and children, albeit on very friendly terms as she stays true to him as his friend throughout his subsequent wild exploits.
Russell is a con man, scamming his way through his lavish new life as a seemingly carefree, party-hearty homosexual until he gets busted and sent to prison for insurance fraud. There, he falls in love with a new prisoner named Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor), and the two initiate a passionate affair. Quickly, Russell is so head over heels for Morris that he is exploiting the inner prison system to get favors for Morris. Also, when he gets out earlier than Morris, Russell pretends to be his lawyer in order to win his freedom.
Russell just can’t stop committing fraud, deception and embezzlement, and eventually he even jeopardizes his relationship with Morris. In one stretch of the movie, he makes numerous comedic jailbreak attempts, always ending in his recapture. In the end, Russell is finally locked away for life after the Texas government decides he’s embarrassed them too many times, and he is shown spending his life in emotional misery while Morris was released in 2006 and has never resumed the relationship.
I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS is unacceptable and abhorrent because of its matter-of-fact and mostly positive portrayal of homosexual relationships. Regrettably, the performances are good, so the movie may attract some box office. Also, the story has many funny moments depicting Carrey’s inventive array of crimes. It also shows, in its closing moments, the destructive impact that an illicit love can have on the human spirit, as Russell is trapped and alone for the rest of his life.
The movie’s offbeat spirit, combined with a truly unique score and Carrey’s occasional voiceover narration, make the movie play like a homosexual homage to RAISING ARIZONA. Aside from one extremely graphic scene at the moment Carrey reveals to the viewers he’s homosexual, the movie handles the sexual aspects of his life largely offscreen and discreetly, though there are many verbal references.
As MOVIEGUIDE® has noted in the past, God, including Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten son who died for our sins, condemns homosexuality as evil and loathsome in both the Torah and the New Testament, specifically in Leviticus 18:1-30 and Mark 7:20-23. Also, Jesus affirms God’s definition of marriage in Matthew 19:1-12. Because of God’s clear condemnation of this evil, homosexual movies like this one usually make far less money than family movies and movies with strong Christian, redemptive, moral, and spiritually uplifting content.