I Love You Phillip Morris marked the return of Jim Carrey to the style of R rated humor that hadn’t been seen since Me, Myself, and Irene (though not as hammy), a refreshing change of pace from the comedies he chose for the nine years in between.
The story is excellently written and well paced, and really keeps the watcher engaged in the two characters and their relationship throughout the movie. The subject matter is a little grotesque at times, but the aforementioned delivery of Jim Carrey throughout really softens the shock. There is a lot of social commentary within the movie (did I mention it takes place in Texas), but it is not so in your face that it feels like sermon rather than an entertaining comedy. The performance of Ewan McGregor as the titular Phillip Morris is worth noting as well. While he plays more of the straight man in this comedy (no pun intended), it really works to humanize the two individual’s relationship and solidify the chemistry of the two leads.
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