I hope it becomes a cult classic. Just saw it, I loved it.
It was great. I love it
I saw it in the theatre OP, and I too loved it.
Love this movie. If you see it don't read about it, just see it.
GREAT film and as much a "traditional" romance as any B&W heartstring-tugger on TCM. Jim's best role and one of Ewan's best.
it is beautiful. I can't believe the sentence he recieved. He should be working for the CIA.
Jim Carroll told John Casablancas " I want to make a movie with a kid" and this is what they came up with. Brilliant.
Me, too, OP. I can't stand Jim Carrey, but I thought he was absolutely brilliant in this film; there were many moments where I was laughing so hard I almost fell out of my chair. At the same time, I was totally enthralled with the romance between these two men. Carrey should've been nominated for Best Actor and McGregor for Supporting Actor.
I loved it so much I got the book. It's a great story.
I am always in awe of guys like Steven Russell (from this story) and Frank Abagnale (from "Catch Me If You Can") who had the brains and the giant balls to do the things they did.
I also read the book. Too bad Steven Russell couldn't funnel his talents and expertise into a more socially accepted venue. A wasted opportunity.
Carrey and McGregor were exceptional in their roles and I had to remind myself that this was based on 'actual events' - similar to Catch me if you Can. If it wasn't for the gay theme of the story, it might have gotten more buzz.
go to Netflix and add it to your queue.
I haven't seen the movie, but did see the episode of "I Almost Got Away With It" and found the whole story hilarious (and uplifting). I could definitely see why they made it into a movie, I just don't know if I want to see it starring Jim Carey.
I normally avoid Jim Carrey but he was perfect in this. I even liked Apatow's wife.
I thought the movie was going to be a piece of shit but I actually enjoyed it. Jim Carrey was quite good and Ewan McGregor was at his must luscious.
r10, trust us, Carrey will surprise you how good he is. There are moments -- such as the meeting in the judge's quarters -- where his performance is akin to the masters of silent comedy. Brilliant.
What were the sex scenes like?
R14, you could tell the sex scenes were edited. Apparently they did so a few times b/c "ew gay". It really is a beautiful movie and story. I'd love to write the real Steven and give him some money on his prison books to get some Ramen noodles or highlighter markers.
I didn't think I liked Jim Carrey but then I realized that ILYPM, Spotless Mind and Truman Show are some of my favorite movies.
I do think this is a movie that could definitely be a classic.
So there were no love scenes? I'll take a pass at watching the movie.
that movie sucked.
No, there were love scenes, actually a few hot ones and some really sweet kissing scenes but they the director was told to edit them down for the masses. He did leave in one graphic detail in a boat scene which was played for laughs but I found sort of hot.
[quote] No, there were love scenes, actually a few hot ones and some really sweet kissing scenes but they the director was told to edit them down for the masses.
Then the movie is not graphic enough for me to see.
Why, you can't watch a movie without touching your noodle?
Gay love story should have graphic, explicit sex scenes. Period.
No sex, I'm not going to see.
I agree, that's a really weird reason not to see the movie. It's a gay love story. And a lovely one at that. Plus the movie is subversive and funny. But R17's thoughtful critique is making me rethink my entire opinion.
Gay love story should have REALISTIC scenes of man on man sex.
Not a hug or a short kiss.
So, if somebody made a gay romantic comedy as good as The More the Merrier or Roman Holiday but no sex scenes, you still wouldn't watch it?
R23, Ewan spits a load of Jim's cum over the side of a boat after a blowjob. Is that graphic enough for you?
[quote] The More the Merrier or Roman Holiday
I never watched those movies.
No R25 because the blow-job is not really captured in screen.
"I am always in awe of guys like Steven Russell (from this story) and Frank Abagnale (from "Catch Me If You Can") who had the brains and the giant balls to do the things they did."
I find them fascinating, and want to add Ferdinand "The Great Impostor" Demara to the list. But I find them more pathological than admirable; these people are hugely intelligent but they not only lack boundaries, but a real identity.
And when someone started a thread about underappreciated actors, I named Jim Carrey. He really can do the most amazing stuff if he has a good role, and he's just amazing in this film! So much intensity and intelligence, and just the right amount of weird.
r23, get thee to Netflix asap and rent them. If the only romantic comedies you've been exposed to are those made within the last decade, The More the Merrier and Roman Holiday will blow your mind.
The European cut must be different because there's that scene of Carrey really pounding that guy - not Ewan - from behind.
r30, that was in the American cut. I don't know what these people are referring to. There is sex in the film, it's just not Shortbus or even Basic Instinct level sex.
I saw it in the theater when it came out, I thought it was a great movie. There was no hype for it at all and little to no talk about it after release. Such a shame as I agree with the other posters. Really great acting by both leads and an amazing sweet love story. I wish they would re release it and give it the attention it deserves.
LOGO is currently running "Philip Morris," though somewhat censored.
Other than the perv who needs penetrating closeups.of anuses, this is the most positive reaction to a movie on DL.
I saw this when it came out in theaters. I don't remember any sex scenes so if there were any they did not stand out. What did stand out was how crappy this movie is.
Count me in as another who saw the film in its original release in the theater, LOVED it, and can't imagine why there wasn't more hype (even controversial hype) at the time.
If you haven't seen it, you're really missing something fun and sexy.
[quote] you're really missing something fun and sexy.
How can it be sexy when there is no sex?
What people expect from a movie that was practically buried by its own producers and distributor?
It just takes one person or component to potentially screw up a project's success.
I'm first class hater and I'm always thoughtful enough to include reasons. Saying something sucks isn't persuasive. Even a 5 year old will give details such as "beets are yucky, they taste like dirt.
I usually hate Jim Carrey 'vehicles' but I thought he was good in this. Ewan steals the film from under him, however, as the adorable Phillip. Good fun film that should have done a lot better than it did. But it's a step in the right direction, and no doubt there will be more gay-themed love stories in the future because this has a cult following now.