Having premiered all the way back at Sundance 2009, the Jim Carrey/Ewan McGregor comedy I Love You Phillip Morris has been given yet another release date, being pulled from the original date of April 30th.
The new date is expected to be July 30th in New York and Los Angeles, with additional cities the next week August 8th, and this format will continue until its theatrical end runs, so says Variety (via The Playlist). It is interesting to note that Jim Carrey said it is coming “this fall” via a tweet, but I’d rather trust the distributors. While reviews have been fairly positive for the comedy, its had trouble getting a release, let alone a distributor, because of the film’s edgy subject matter. Carrey plays a man in prison who falls in love with his cellmate, played by McGregor, and who he cannot bear to be apart from. Its humor stems from the characters’ sexuality, and because of this not many people have been willing to release it, although it looks like it may soon have its chance, however small the release platform could end up being.
I’m both happy to hear about the film getting a release and saddened to hear how much it has been mistreated. Edgy subject matter aside, it sounds like it could actually be funny, and not just another generic comedy. To give you an idea, other films that premiered at the same time as this at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 were In the Loop, Moon, and (500) Days of Summer, all of which have had their theatrical releases and all of which are now available on DVD/Blu-ray. I hope that we do get to see this movie soon, no matter how small the actual release may end up being.
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