For many of us, it's been a long wait to see 'I Love You Phillip Morris,' which has had its release date pushed back numerous times because of distribution difficulties. It's so easy to feel let down by a film you've waited a long time to see. Happily, however, the film adapted and directed by the 'Bad Santa' writing team -- due in American theaters starting in December -- did not disappoint, with a wonderfully skewed sense of humor keeping a love story from becoming overly sentimental.
'I Love You Phillip Morris' is based on a nonfiction book by Houston journalist Steven McVicker, about real-life con man/prison escape maestro Steven Russell. Russell, played by Jim Carrey in the film, is an average Southern guy -- ex-policeman, working successfully in the produce business, happily married to a nice Christian woman (Leslie Mann) -- until an auto accident convinces him that he should stop concealing the secret part of his life and come out of the closet. Russell separates from his wife and begins to lead an ostentatiously gay and wealthy lifestyle, which his career choices can't afford ... so he turns to a life of crime, mostly fraud. While serving time in a Texas prison, he's swept off his feet by fellow prisoner Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor), and suddenly his judgment becomes seriously impaired by True Love.