Originally published on metropolis.co.jp on March 2010
I’m not sure whether this deranged love story is a funny drama or a moving comedy. But it’s certainly unique, and it left me both amused and a bit stunned. Jim Carrey, in his most complex role to date, plays an audacious and very gay fraud artist who, on one of his frequent visits to prison, meets the love of his life in the title character (Ewan McGregor). That the story is kind of true makes it all the more astounding as, in the name of love, Carrey impersonates a lawyer and a CFO, formulates original bank and insurance fraud schemes, and of necessity becomes a very imaginative prison-break artist. Well done.