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I Love You Phillip Morris (2009)

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Biography, Comedy, Crime |

I Love You Phillip Morris is a biographical black comedy drama film based on a 1980s and 1990s real-life story of con artist, impostor and multiple prison escapee Steven Jay Russell, as played by Jim Carrey. While incarcerated, Russell falls in love with his fellow inmate, Phillip Morris. After Morris is released from prison, Russell escapes from prison four times to be reunited with Morris. The film was adapted from the 2003 book I Love You Phillip Morris: A True Story of Life, Love, and Prison Breaks by Steve McVicker. The film is the directorial debut of John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. It grossed $20 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews from critics.

Steven Jay Russell is on his deathbed, recalling the events of his life that led him to this point. He spent his early adult years in Virginia Beach as a police officer. He plays the organ at church, has unenthusiastic sex with his wife, Debbie, and spends his off-hours searching for his biological mother, who had placed him for adoption as a child. Steven locates his biological mother, but she rejects him.

He then quits the police force and moves to Texas and works for Sysco, the family business.

After a car crash on the way to a homosexual tryst, Steven leaves his family and life behind, though he keeps in touch with his wife and young daughter, and explores the world as his true self – a gay man. He moves to Miami, where he finds a boyfriend, Jimmy, and they adopt a luxurious lifestyle. To keep themselves in the style to which they have become accustomed, Steven becomes a con man. He is pursued by the police, and, after jumping off a parking garage, is sent to prison, where he falls in love with inmate Phillip Morris.

Directors: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa

Writers: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Steve McVicker (book)

Stars: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Antoni Corone, Brennan Brown, Michael Mandell

Cast:

Jim CarreySteven Russell
Ewan McGregorPhillip Morris
Leslie MannDebbie
Rodrigo SantoroJimmy
Antoni CoroneLindholm
Brennan BrownBirkheim
Michael MandellCleavon
Annie GoldenEudora
Marylouise BurkeBarbara Bascombe
David JensenJudge
Dameon ClarkeHouston Lawyer
Clay ChamberlinCellmate – Arnie
Louis HerthumDoctor
Morgana ShawSteven’s Mom
Joe ChrestSteven’s Dad
Griff FurstMark
Aunjanue EllisReba
DeVere JehlSamuel
Michael ShowersGary
Beth BurvantSara
Ladson DeyneNeil (as Deyne Ladson)
Kennon Kepper9-Year-Old Steven
Alyssa TateChild Stephanie
Andrew SensenigScreecher
David StanfordParamedic
Bill DykesLatino Man
Tony BentleyRacist Client
Kathrin MiddletonSaleswoman
Donovan GuidryThe Moustached Man
Nicholas AlexanderSteven’s 11-Year-Old Brother
Michael BeasleyRelease Officer
Sean BoydPoliceman
Maureen BrennanVera
Marcus Lyle BrownYoung Doctor
Trey BurvantBlake
Ken ClementCounty Corrections Officer
Miriam CruzHelen
David DahlgrenPhysician
Tommy DavisTodd
Michael DucoteSWAT Commander
Ashley Duggan SmithSecretary #3
Lela EdgarBlond Wife
J.D. EvermoreBossy Guard
Jon EyezSecond Prisoner
Evan FitzpatrickRed-Haired Boy
Shane FitzpatrickLittle Girl
Shane FullerMale Nurse
Jeff GalpinLead Officer
Larry Gamell Jr.Driving Cop (as Lawrence Gamell Jr.)
Jim GarrityNight Guard (as James Garrity)
Leon GisclairLittle Boy
Geraldine GlennMandi
Douglas M. GriffinSteven’s Attorney
Jessica HeapSecretary
Tim HickeyBlond Inmate
Keith HudsonProduce Manager
Jeremy Aaron JohnsonPoliceman #1
Jacqueline King-HowellLawyer (as Jacqueline King)
Alexa KuveCherubic Secretary
Frederick LewisYoakum
Sharon K. LondonClerk (as Sharon London)
Audrey LynnMarried Woman
Marc MacaulayHouston Cop
Reginald MackJail Guard
Danny MarinInfirmary Orderly
Sammi-Jack Martincak12-Year-Old Stephanie
Ann McKenzieFacelift Wife
Thelma MedinaHuge Nurse
Wendy Bryan MichaelsHousewife (as Wendy Michaels)
John J. MourainTaxi Driver (as John Mourain)
Randall NewsomeCop
Lance E. NicholsHouston Judge (as Lance Nichols)
Antonino PaoneCab Driver (as Antonio Paone)
Liann PattisonMrs. Lindholm
Sherrie PetersonFemale D.A.
Clyde RaymondHouston Doctor
Dane RhodesBald Prisoner
Johnny RockNew Cellmate
Archie SampierYard Guard
Andy SimsCorrections Officer
Aron Ten EyckPoliceman #2
Thomas ThomasonLawrence
Deneen TylerCaretaker (as Deneen D. Tyler)
Chris WeckleinBaylor
Scotty WhitehurstOrderly
Bill Martin WilliamsDuty Officer
Jaymon YatesFirst Prisoner
Don YessoGuard
Gabby BarnesGirl at BBQ
Brett BeoubayGala Attendee / Jr. Exec.
Dane BrownTexas Deputy
Scott BuckleyOfficer
Rhonda CastagnaShopper
Ryan CatalanottoCourt Spectator
Daniel ColumbieClub Patron
Samuel DavenportCourt Bailiff
Joshua DavisBoy at BBQ
Larry Jack DotsonGolfer
Cy FahrenholtzLibrary Prisoner
Rebecca Lee FoxChurch Choir Singer

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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