'I Love You, Phillip Morris' delayed indefinitely: You can't put Jim Carrey in a corner...can you?

i-love-you-philip-morrisI love zany rubber-face Jim Carrey as much as the next Gen Xer, but his subtle, dramatic performance in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind totally sold me, and I was really looking forward to seeing him as a gay con man who falls in love with his prison cellmate (Ewan McGregor) in I Love You, Phillip Morris, a dark comedy written by Bad Santa screenwriters Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. Sadly, despite a splashy debut at Sundance 2009 and the buzz around Carrey’s role, the film is having a hard time seeing the light of day. First bumped from March to late-April, the LA Times now reports that it won’t release at the end of the month after all, and there is no new date set.

What a shame. Carrey and McGregor as a gay Bonnie and Clyde? Gotta see that. Bad Santa duo setting the dark comedic tone and scripting a plot that EW’s Owen Gleiberman, who saw it at Sundance, says “keeps twisting like a Rubik’s Cube”? Yes please. Maybe it’s the gay subject matter (though you’d have to think the movie’s star power cancels that out in this post-Brokeback/Milk era), or maybe it’s money (isn’t it always?), but in any case, looks like we’re gonna have to settle for rewatching the trailer for the time being.

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  • E.

    So disappointing! It looked like such an intriguing, off-kilter film, and I was really looking forward to seeing it.

  • TheObserver

    ok…ok…I need to see this

  • jen

    whaaaaat this looks awesome! i can’t remember the last time i was excited for a jim carrey movie..

  • DT

    Looks very funny and I admire its boundary pushing, but wow, that might be a tough sell at suburban multiplexes.

    • Aprilcot26

      I live in middle American suburbia, and we’re not all as uptight and homophobic as people think we are. I personally can’t wait to see this!

    • kate

      I live in american suburbia too…(not backwater or a hick-town, its rich & poor with a suburb of mansion just down the road from a trailer park)

      Mostly, if anything, it’s the older people that have problems with gay movies. In my class, we did a poll, and only 2 people out of 24 disagreed with gay marriage.

  • Akemi

    Ugh. I’m dying to see this! Damn you, Hollywood! The film is already out in other countries! What the hell?

  • paige

    well if it comes out in the winter it has a better shot of awards

  • maskedavenger

    Damn America getting so up in arms about gay two men. If this was a movie about two women Hollywood and America would be all over this.

    Always taking one step backwards…..

  • sabda

    I saw it months ago in France (and not at Cannes)! Both Carrey and McGregor are great, and it’s very funny, although probably too graphic at times for spineless distributors… Too bad.

    • Ryan

      Perfect excuse to go to France then!

  • Heidi

    I’m lucky enough to have actually seen this movie (live on the other side of that little pond called the Atlantic), and it was hilarious. It was also a really good movie. I was still laughing on my way home. I don’t know the reason why they won’t release it in the States, I seriously hope it’s not the two gay men thing, because, seriously, we live in the year 2010, wake up and smell the coffee people. There are gay people in the world, who live, love, have sex and eventually die, just like everyone else. It’s time to get past that. Why shouldn’t that be shown on the big (and small) screen? A good story is a good story, no matter what gender the leads happen to be.

    Also, if you don’t like it, just don’t watch it. And it doesn’t hurt you if other people do.

  • Sara

    I’m sure the reason it’s having a hard time getting released is because of the gay romance at the heart of it. It’s okay in Brokeback Mountain since that was a tragic, epic love story – but a comedy (that’s not based around gay panic, but actual gays)? Hell no. How disappointing.

  • Tomm

    Hollywood is run by gays, yet they are afraid of ‘Middle America’ and teabaggers. What cant it be limited release?

  • llevinso

    UGH! I really want to see this.

  • elena

    Jim Carrey + Ewan McGregor = intriguing. I thought the trailer for this was so different, but in the best possible sense. Never something I’d guess Carrey would be in, but he looks like he knocks it out of the park (at least in the trailer). There have been plenty of risqué movies released, art-house-style (hello, lust/caution!), so why isn’t I Love You, Phillip Morris being released? Is it really so offensive, or…(it’s the gay thing. and that’s stupid. why is that an issue for distributors anymore?)

  • BrandonK

    Reminds me of “Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang” in a way…definitely want to see it!

    • laurie

      Love that movie. Been wanting to see this ever since I read about it coming out. I have been following the real life story behind this for years and thought it would make a great movie then. So sucky!

    • anonymous

      Well, the KKBB comparison has just sold me on this movie. Too bad it’s not coming out any time soon.

  • leo

    it’s been released in italy, to me it’s a very good movie, carrey and mcgregor are awesome!

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