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"I Love You Phillip Morris" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Steven Russel (Jim Carrey) decided to be the best man he could be on the day he discovered he was adopted. He becomes a police officer and decides to use his access as a cop to find his mother. Upon facing his mother, she rejects him, claiming to have no clue what he is talking about. He quits his job at the force and moves his family to Texas to find success  Steven is bisexual and leads a secret life with other men, but he keeps the truth from his wife. That is until a near death car accident makes him start his life over again.

Steven’s new expensive lifestyle leads him into a life as a con artist. His illegal dealings finally catch up with him and Steven has to spend some time in prison. In prison, Steven meets and falls in love with Phillip Morris (McGregor).  Steven is released before Phillip and devotes himself to getting Phillip out of prison early. Steven’s love for Phillip grows strong and he wants to be able to truly provide and take care of him, so he decides to get a real job.  However, Steven continues to struggle to find a balance between right and wrong.

Specifications

  • Lionsgate
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 42 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: AVC
  • 1080p
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann
  • Directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

ILYPM was a funny and very entertaining film. I enjoyed it from start to finish.  The performances by both Carrey and McGregor were excellent and Jim especially, really carries this film.  Unless you are uncomfortable with gay material, I highly suggest checking this movie out.

Technical

Image quality was fairly good on ILYPM. There was a fair amount of stylistic film grain that added to the look and feel of the movie.  Black levels and shadow detail were a bit lacking, as was the contrast.  The DTS HD MA 5.1 track had some good depth in the film score, but, as this was not an action film, the surrounds weren’t very active.  Overall a good presentation for this particular film, just not demo material.

Extras

Making of, Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentary