I Love You Phillip Morris

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(2009) ★★★

Film4: Wednesday 25 November, 11.35pm

Small town Georgia cop Jim Carrey vowed to be the best person he could on the day in his childhood he learned he was adopted. Happily married to beaming church-goer Leslie Mann, model citizen Carrey quits the force and moves his family to Texas after being spurned by his birth mother.

“Did I forget to mention the fact that I was gay?” says Carrey to camera. He’s telling his story from a hospital bed. And it’s going to get a lot weirder. “This really happened,” claims the film up front. It’s from the Bad Santa guys, so it’s fairly wild. We might not know whether to tut or titter, but we should be grateful that these guys got hold of it; in lesser hands this head-scratching story could have been played as a phony hand-wringer.

Instead, it plays out funnier than the Paul Rudd/Jason Segel ‘bromance’ I Love You, Man. Carrey’s terrific, laying it on thick as the brazen conman: “Being gay is really expensive.” His prison buddy’s the gullible quiet one. That’s Ewan McGregor as Phillip Morris, angel to Carrey’s demons.

Certificate: 15

Duration: 94min

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