Jim Carrey really doesn’t get enough credit for being a great actor. He most certainly is one, and if you don’t believe me, see The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and this latest one I Love You Phillip Morris.
He’s a convincing gay man, and a convincing con-man at that too. The story is weird but true, which makes the whole thing go down a little easier. Carrey is Steven Russell, a Southern gentleman who gets into an accident and vows to live his life honestly as a gay man. Turns out that’s difficult, so he becomes a gay con man to pay for all of his expensive expenses. He gets thrown in jail and meets/falls for Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor, an actor I have NEVER found fascinating in the least). They eventually get out of jail and start their lives together, though Steven continues his connish ways to support Steven. The movie ultimately ends unfinished, as Steven is still in jail, but not before a really disturbing twist.
Why did I give you a synopsis? I’m not really sure. Maybe it’s to show just how many plot points there were, and therefore how many sub-characters of this one character Carrey had to play. There was straight man, police officer, husband, father, drag queen, regular queen, lawyer, jailbird, protector, lover, and probably many more. And he did it all convincingly, despite the very confusing story being told a little hap-hazardly. Carrey’s old roles (from Liar Liar and Ace Ventura, for example), came out in waves, particularly in the courtroom scenes and in some of Carrey’s signature physical movements, but the movie wasn’t funny so much as it was interesting. And, yes, interesting enough to see. In the end, it’s hard to believe it’s all true, and even harder to believe that this Steven Russell dude did it all for love, but hey! If it’s not for love, what else would it be for?