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19th March 2010

Summary:

Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor star in this outrageous true story about a conman who meets the love of his life - in prison.

Steven Russell (Jim Carrey) is a happily married police officer who plays the organ at church and prays every night with his wife (Leslie Mann). However, after finding and being rejected by the mother who gave him up as a baby, Steven leaves his family to be his true, flamboyantly gay self. He moves to Miami, finds a boyfriend (Rodrigo Santoro) and becomes a conman to pay for his lavish lifestyle. But Steven is sent to prison, were he meets and falls in love with Phillip Morris (Ewan McGregor). But Steven - a forlorn lover who cannot bear to be separated from his soulmate - will go to any lengths to be with Phillip, including breaking out of jail, impersonating Phillip's lawyer and fraudulently becoming the chief of a major corporation.

Review:

I personally don't blame Jim Carrey, he is OK as a modern pantomime. Then again lot of his "serious" roles have a feeling of being very unfunny comedies. This film tells a story about gay con-artist and his life and loves, Ewan McGregor is playing one of them.

There are some few jokes, lots of drama which goes way over and infinite number of facial close-ups regarding Mr. Carrey and Ewan McGregor. This last thing makes the movie look more like a normal TV drama (oh, and it's also mentioned to be based on a true story) and it truly feels like TV mini-series, a three-parter at minimum. The sets are also very limited. Checking my watch during the movie I was sure that the battery has ran out. After re-checking time from mobile-phone, I was really shocked: It had been only 50 minutes, not like the two hours it surely felt.

One thing that was really irritating me after the film: They have the whole time (like 20 years in lifetime) the same precise hair-style and length, when I'd prefer to think that the gays are the ones to try out something new. Not even a beard or moustache. Well, it just tells how fed I was to these tons of facial shots. A pure sleeper, in many ways.