Film & TV

Celluloid City: I Love You Phillip Morris Filmed in Downtown, Miami Beach, Little Haiti

Over the years, Miami has served as the backdrop for hundreds of Hollywood movies. In Celluloid City, we spotlight some of the classics shot right in our own backyard.

We are very, very excited about I Love You Phillip Morris. First, it has Jim Carey in it. Who, when he is not overacting, actually does a really, really good job (exhibit A: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).

Secondly, it has two big name actors playing homos. Love it! Third of all, it was filmed largely in Miami.

In I Love You Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey plays a closeted Texas cop who is married to Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin). Mann is that blonde hottie that runs with the Judd Apatow crew. She also worked with Carrey in The Cable Guy. We don't think Hollywood uses her nearly enough.

After suffering a traumatic experience, Carrey realizes he can no longer live a lie, comes out of the closet, and leaves his wife (Leslie--call us!). He meets Ewan McGregor, who plays the titular Phillip, and is instantly smitten. The two live a life of cons and grifts, complete with stints in jail and jailbreaks. Even better than this seemingly convoluted plot? It's all based on a true story.

The film has been sitting on the shelf for three years, despite great reviews and big name actors. The release date has been pushed back numerous times, with the latest (and supposedly last) date announced being December 3 of this year. The studio execs, not exactly recognized for either their intelligence or integrity, have probably been skittish to release the movie because of its gay content and celebration of gay love. So what do they do after holding its release back for three years? Release it during the big holiday movie season, of course.

What better place than Miami to serve as the location for a movie about two men in love? I Love You Phillip Morris

filmed in Miami Beach, shooting interiors at the Victor Hotel and 1532

Washington Avenue, as well as exteriors on 13th and Ocean. The A-1

parking lot in Overtown makes an appearance in the film as do several

spots in Little Haiti, including Moray's Jewelers and Neighbor's Food

Market and Deli.

Here's the trailer:

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