I Love You Phillip Morris Pushed Back Yet Again, To July 30
It's been a long, difficult journey for I Love You Phillip Morris on its way to an American release. The movie debuted at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and despite boasting Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey as its lead actors, didn't find a distributor until that May. The company, Consolidated Pictures, then put off releasing the film until this month, and now, just weeks before the scheduled April 30 release, has pulled the film off its schedule yet again.
When the news first broke over the weekend it seemed that Consolidated had no plans to release the film at all, but now Variety reports that they've set a limited release for July 30, with possibly plans to expand on August 6. The film's plot explains some of its troubles-- Carrey plays a career criminal who falls in love with a fellow inmate, McGregor's Phillip Morris, during one stint in prison. The movie didn't exactly get raves when it debuted at Sundance-- you can read Josh's take here--but much more poorly reviewed Sundance films have had no trouble getting a release. It seems that Consolidated isn't exactly sure how to sell a movie this gay to American audiences, and there's no reason to believe they'll find it any easier come July. I wouldn't hold your breath for that date sticking either.
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