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I Love You Phillip Morris Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Weird, obsessive, deranged love. But still love. Read full review


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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Barrels around in manic fashion much like Carrey does in most of his movies. He's meant to be a fool for love, but mostly he's just bonkers.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    I Love You Phillip Morris is tragedy, or something close to it, decked out in comedy's clothes.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    It's the beaming movie-star intensity of the complicated comic Carrey in the role of the dominant lover and Obi-Wan Kenobi McGregor as the gentle beloved that makes this unfettered, stranger-than-fiction picture pop.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Wacky but mature comedy examines a love with no limits.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this based-on-a-true-story black comedy centers on a man (played by Jim Carrey) who leaves his family and becomes an unapologetic con man to support a self-indulgent life of shopping, partying, and sex. He eventually lands in prison, where he falls madly in love with a fellow male inmate. While there’s little nudity (some glimpses of male backsides), there are several highly suggestive sex scenes -- both gay and straight -- and lots of explicit language, including "f--k," "s--t," and some homophobic slurs. The main character's devotion to his object of affection is clear, but the often criminal lengths he goes to for love hardly qualify him for role model of the year.

  • Families can talk about the fact that the movie is based on a true story. Do you think it's all accurate? Why do you think filmmakers might decide to change certain parts of fact-based stories?
  • Do you think Steven Russell’s actions, including stealing and deception, demonstrate real love? Parents, talk to your teens about your own family's values regarding sex and relationships.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Although it's arguably heartwarming to see the lengths that Steven will go to for the love of his life, ultimately the movie sends the message that you can do anything in the name of love -- even lie, cheat and steal.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Con man Steven is charming, successful, and completely without scruples or guilt. He will lie to anyone if he thinks it will get him something he wants, and he usually pulls it off. He’s fun to watch, but he's anything but a role model.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A car accident and a violent prison beating, both of which leave their victims bloody and battered.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Some brief nudity, including naked men seen from behind in a shower and a man’s nude backside during sex. There are also several sex scenes, both gay and straight, that don’t include nudity but do feature very obvious thrusting. Also obvious suggestions of oral sex and lots of suggestive dialogue.

  • language false4

    Language: Frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," “bulls--t,” “ass,” “p---y,” "c--k," "hell," "crap," "damn," "oh my God," "goddamn," “whore,” and "d--k." Many scenes also include explicit sexual dialogue and some disparaging comments about homosexuals.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking at parties and restaurants; a man is shown with a drink poolside.