I Love You Phillip Morris: The Craziest “Based On A True Story” Film Ever

Just watched this. I would have been more inspired if I had believed it was as asserted, a true story. The class conflicts that make an anti-hero con man who can’t resist stealing from over-consuming bigots, corporations and insurance companies would be more telling, if Steven didn’t just emulate them. The ridiculousness of his lover, Phillip Morris, being imprisoned for “theft of service” ie keeping a rental car too long and then mistakenly assumed to his lover’s accomplice is a subtle indictment on the Texas justice system. Too subtle in the face of over the top comedy.

The Password is Swordfish

When I see that a film is based on a true story, I usually take it with a grain of salt. After seeing I Love You Phillip Morris, the new film by the writers of Bad Santa, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, I immediately went to do further research, because surely this story must be wildly exaggerated. It’s amazing to think, but this film actually doesn’t exaggerate the truth at all, and that’s what makes it seem all the wilder. If any story in modern history deserved cinematic treatment, this did. It’s not a very marketable film, a comedy dealing heavily with homosexuality and criminal behavior, but thank the Lord it was made. The first time directors and big name stars do a good job bringing it to life, but really, this isn’t a must-see for its cinematic achievement. It’s simply an amazing story, one that needs to be seen…

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