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6 - Tuesday, January 11, 2011 The Michigan Daily - michigandailycom
Some love for 'Morris'
Carrey is convincing,
but uneven message
throws off film
By EMILY BOUDREAU
It's hard not to picture Jim Car-
rey as Ace Ventura, pet detective,
or to imagine him contorting his
face into hilari-
in "I Love You
Phillip Morris," I LOVe You
Carrey reigns in Phillip MorriS
his antics, deliv-
ering a perfor- At the Michigan
mance that is Europa
both funny and
Steven Russell (Carrey) lives a
seemingly normal life - he's got a
great wife (Leslie Mann, "Knocked
Up"), a steady job as a cop and he
plays the piano for his church choir.
But appearances can be deceiving.
On the side, Russell meets up
with strange men in hotels for
crazy, wild sex. After a traumatic
car accident, Russell decides to
reassess his life. He vows to quit
his double life and comes out of the
closet to live a flamboyant lifestyle
in Florida. But when the pleasures
of his new life - loud silk shirts
and clubs with male go-go danc-
ers - become too expensive for
him, Russell becomes a con artist
and eventually ends up in prison.;
There, he meets the love of his
life, fellow prisoner Phillip Mor-
ris (Ewan McGregor, "The Ghost
Outlandish as the plot may
seem, it's based on a true story.
And though the film manages to
add an eccentric, humorous layerM
to the truth, its message becomes
a little convoluted. It's a love story
(as the title suggests) between
two men. But while there is one
really cute scene with Carrey and
McGregor dancing romantically in
their jail cell, the romance takes a
backseat to Carrey's con schemes.
It's too bad, because "I Love You
Phillip Morris," as a comedy, hasr
the potential to appeal to a broad=
audience - a feat for an American
movie with gay subject matter -
without having to compromise on
the topic of sexuality.
Unfortunately, the film does
compromise. After the repeal of a message, "I Love You Phillip Mor-
"don't ask, don't tell" and amid ris" doesn't really have one. Does it
debates about gay marriage, it's cause the audience to see gay men
hard not to ask what the political in a different light, or does it just
agenda of "Phillip Morris" is - reinforce stereotypes? The major-
especially because it was actually ity of the movie's humor relies on
made two years ago in the wake of Jim Carrey and his little dogs and
films like "Brokeback Mountain," farcical anal sex scenes.
but was forced to sit on the shelf This is not a film that handles
because it couldn't find a distribu- politically charged material in
tion company. a delicate manner, and it's hard
While other films clearly deliver to say if some of the laughs come
From Page 5
curse, and the season two pre-
miere was no different. A battle
between a vastly technologically
superior alien race and a band of
four misfits who spend all their
time doing research should not
last more than a day. Even if they
need the humans alive, there is
no reason the aliens couldn't take
the planet by force, enslaving the
human race for whatever nefari-
ous purposes the writers still
don't want viewers to know about.
But just when it gets unwatch-
able, one of the few strong char-
acters takes center stage to give
"V" a tiny hintof potential. Anna's
"Smallville") is the most dynamic
of the lot by far, stuck between an
angry lizard matriarch and a hard
place. And lead actress Elizabeth
Mitchell ("Lost") does an admira-
ble job at stayinggrounded as pro-
tagonist Erica Evans, even when
everyone around her is absolutely
But a few strong women do
not a strong series make. If "V"
doesn't quit it with all the plot-
holes and make the alien agenda
clear, the human race may just die
of boredom and frustration.
growing up to do. Cage the Ele-
CAGE phantbegins the albumwith pure
From Page 5 rock in "Always Something" and
ends it with the soothing "Flow,"
but there are many bumps in the
ignorance. "Shake Me Down" also road between. The band is left in
provides an appealing contrast the same position it was after its
with shifts between ethereal gui- first release. It still has potential,
tar and rocking drums. but also continues to make lapses
Thank You Happy Birthday in judgment that prove to be det-
showcases the talent contained rimental. Thank You Happy Birth-
within Cage the Elephant, but it day is worth it in the end, but just
also proves that the band has some barely.
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directors Glenn Ficarra ("Bad
Santa") and John Requa ("Bad
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read too much into the movie's
politics. It might just be better to
accept the movie for what it is and
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