'I Love You Phillip Morris' Finally Hitting Theaters in December

August 26, 2010
Source: Deadline

I Love You Phillip Morris

After premiering at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2009, the Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor led drama I Love You Phillip Morris has struggled for a year and a half since to find a US distributor while running through the gamut of festivals around the world. But Deadline reports writers/directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa don't have to worry about that anymore as Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment (the same companies who just finalized a distribution deal for Alejandro González Iñárritu's Biutiful) have just aquired the US and Canadian rights to the film with a plan to finally send it to theaters on December 3rd.

For those of you who might have completely forgotten about I Love You Phillip Morris, you can check out the trailer right here, and refresh your memory with a plot synopsis below, courtesy of The Film Catalogue:

Steven Russell (Carrey) is happily married to Debbie, and a member of the local police force when a car accident provokes a dramatic reassessment of his life. Steven realizes he's gay and decides to live life to the fullest - even if it means breaking the law. Steven's new, extravagant lifestyle involves cons and fraud and, eventually, a stay in the State Penitentiary where he meets sensitive, soft-spoken Phillip Morris (McGregor). His devotion to freeing Phillip from jail and building the perfect life together prompts Steven to attempt and often succeed at one impossible con after another.

I've been waiting to see this film for a long time now, and have been unable to catch it at any film festivals. Meanwhile, pretty much everyone else in the world has had an opportunity to see it since the international distribution went off without a hitch. Luckily the delayed US release hasn't stopped Ficarra and Requa from already lining up another project with Steve Carell. This could work out well when awards season hits since its release date gives it a prime position to garner significant attention for some award nominations, which would be intriguing. I'll be eagerly awaiting the chance to finally catch this in theaters. How about you?

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  • Xerxex
    sweet. I've been wanting to see this for a while now.
  • ryderup
    It's out on DVD here in Sweden and has already had it's theatrical run...
    hahaha sweet ive been waiting to see this one too 😀
  • fatpoodle
    Ive seen this and its actually pretty genious.
  • Xerxex
    Why has it taken so long to come out in the states? surley there aren't that many homophobes here!?
  • This flick is great, one of the best con man films I've ever seen.
  • Panda
    I say as ryderup says. it have already been on the cinema over here. and out on dvd already. sucks that you guys have to w8 for it. :S
  • I saw the movie last week. It was great fun really. Jim Carry is funny as usual. And it is an amazing story, telling the true story of a genious with a criminal mind. Don't miss it.
  • bltzie
    Yeah great flick. I loved it from start to end
  • dougo162
    Didn't know what to think at first ...more broad stereotypes? However, once you understand the subversive irony at play-its really very smart. Not sure how the American market will take it--but if it picks up a few nods during the award season--it may stand a chance of finding an audience--though I suspect the "Bruce Almighty" fanbase might squirm in their seats.




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