The story begins with Russell, played by Jim Carrey, on his deathbed recalling the events of his life that led him there. He begins with his life in Texas as a happily married police officer who plays the organ at church, prays every night with his wife (Leslie Mann) and spends his off hours searching for the biological mother who gave him up as a child. That, and hes gay. But after finding and being handily rejected by the mother who gave him up as a baby, Steven leaves his life and family behind to go out into the world and be his true, flamboyantly gay self. He moves to Miami, finds a boyfriend (Rodrigo Santoro) and begins living the high life. He realizes quickly though, that a life of luxury is expensive, leading this resourceful former cop to turn to a life as a conman. But when his con work finally catches up with him, Steven is sent to prison where he meets, and almost instantly falls in love with Phillip Morris, played by Ewan McGregor. From there the story becomes a Don Quixote-esque story of a forlorn lover who cannot bear to be separated from his soul-mate. He will go to any lengths to be with Phillip, including but not limited to breaking out of jail on multiple occasions, impersonating Phillips lawyer and fraudulently becoming the CFO of a major corporation. —IMDb
Glen Ficarra is an American writer, producer, actor and director.
Ficarra met John Requa at Pratt Institute, where both were studying film. After college they went to work in animation for the TV channel Nickelodeon.
As writers they wrote the comedy films, Cats & Dogs, Bad Santa directed by Terry Zwigoff and The Bad News Bears directed by Richard Linklater.
In 2009 they made their directorial debut with their self-penned I Love You Phillip Morris based on the life of con man Steven Russell.
Their subsequent release was the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love starring Steve Carell, Emma Stone and Julianne Moore, again directed with Requa, released in July 2011.
With Requa and Charlie Gogolak he has formed the production company Zaftig Films.
They are currently working on the script for a Reese Witherspoon vehicle, Pharm Girl. —Wikipedia
John Requa is a screen writer (with Glenn Ficarra) of Cats & Dogs, Bad Santa and the 2005 remake Bad News Bears.
The DVD commentary for Bad News Bears revealed that Requa was to have had a bit role in the film, but it was not shot.
Requa and Ficcara directed Jim Carrey and Ewen McGregor in their screenplay I Love You Phillip Morris.
Requa grew up in Burien, Washington, a suburb of Seattle, graduating from Burien’s Highline High School in 1985. His talents as a writer were evident when he wrote and performed in a skit for his senior year Homecoming assembly titled “Fernbusters.” It was a morphing of Ghostbusters and the killer Christmas Trees skit from the 1975 classic Saturday Night Live. In it, Requa played the killer fern. For another assembly later that year he wrote a skit about an almighty creator named Sven.
Requa attended Highline at the same time as Dana Newton, who is now a senior producer on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Randy… read more
Like "Catch Me If You Can" but if that movie had a lot more blow job jokes, which frankly, it was lacking. Still, this is a much more relatable film than Catch Me because the motivations are more legitimate instead of just "I'm a sad teenager with no money" and that makes me actually sympathize with the people involved. It also reminds me of the blowjob sketch from Mr. Show, which is always good.
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With a perfect mix of light-hearted moments and the tragedy that is the futile search for love, I Love you Philip Morris is a fantastic movie. My Kudos goes out to an American filmmaker daring to portray… read review