By West Village Bill
balk at distributing a gay-themed film with frank depictions of man-on-man sex. I ended up enjoying ILYPM quite a bit. It turned out to be a fun, touching, and genuinely sweet movie.
Jim Carrey plays Steven Russell, a con man and escape artist who falls hard for the title character, who's played by Ewan McGregor, when they meet in a prison library. Directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa do a pretty good job of reining Carrey in and preventing him from turning Steven Russell into Edward Nygma. And Carrey and McGregor have believable onscreen chemistry. (Unfortunately, hunky McGregor doesn't show much skin even though he's prone to doing that.*)
The movie has a lot of laughs, especially in the interactions between the prisoners. And though I knew ILYPM emphasized the romantic aspect of Russell and Morris's relationship, I was pleasantly surprised at how very effectively their love story was portrayed.
ILYPM is playing at the Clearview Cinema in Chelsea and the AMC Loews Village 7 in the East Village through at least Thursday, Jan. 13.
*Despite the JAN 03, 2011, date on that Out.com article, it ran in the March 2010 issue of the magazine, back when the movie was supposed to be released the following month.