I Love You Phillip Morris
opens with the cheeky preface “This Really Happened” rather than the staid “Based on a True Story” or the standard “Inspired by Actual Events” -- a creative decision that playfully prepares audiences for the sheer lunacy they’re about to witness.
Steve Russell (Jim Carrey) was a small-town cop. Bored with his bland marriage to reverent wife Debbie (Leslie Mann) and inspired to come bursting out of the closet following a near-fatal car accident, Russell turns to fraud to maintain his flamboyant new lifestyle, only to discover that crime doesn’t pay when he’s handed an extended prison sentence. But life behind bars proves a bl...