I Love You Phillip Morris tells a tale too bizarre to qualify as believable fiction. No problem: It's a true story¬ — a freak opportunity perfectly alluring to writer-directors Glenn Ficara and John Requa, the oddball-loving gents who wrote Bad Santa. There really is a Phillip Morris (not related to the tobacco company). He's a mild fellow, here played with a melting, trusting smile by Ewan McGregor. Morris was serving prison time (stemming from an arrest for an overdue rental car) when he had the cataclysmic (mis?)fortune to fall in love with Steven Russell, here played by Jim Carrey in a boundary-busting performance of spectacular commitment and delicacy.
Russell was in jail at the time for insurance fraud. But ''fraud'' doesn't begin to describe the creative audacity with which the fellow conned his way through life, especially after he met Morris.
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