The Toby Jones Truman drops famous names with seeming spontaneity and pours out gossip like champagne. He does this, in a way, to feel accepted and special and to be treated with some regard. I know. To be honest, I've done the same thing many times over the course of my career. INFAMOUS features several actors as celebrated figures who knew Truman Capote.
You may think a movie with the title THE SKELETON TWINS is a horror comedy. However, it's not. It does have some laughs but this is a good, touching drama starring two graduates of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. This 2014 indie film stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. They play siblings working to repair a 10-year crack in their relationship after each one teeters on the brink of a tragedy. Hader is the heartbroken gay brother. Wiig is his straight sister.
Also in the film is Ty Burrell, known to millions as Phil Dunphy on the long-running sitcom, MODERN FAMILY. In THE SKELETON TWINS, Burrell gets to exercise his impressive dramatic muscles.
If you're up for seeing two men in a prison cell hold each other and dance romantically to a tape of Johnny Mathis singing "Chances Are," then I've got the film for you. Jim Carrey stars in a comedy/drama based on a real life character and a real life crime story. The movie is 2009's I LOVE YOU, PHILLIP MORRIS.
This is another film in which Carrey proved he can be serious and be effective in serious scenes. In a way, he takes his comedy type of guy from LIAR, LIAR and flips it to play the dramatic side. Here, the laughs come the absurdity of what life forces him to do to be with the man he loves. They met behind bars. The film opens with Carrey as a married man. He's got a sweet life, a sweet wife, a kid and a good job. He's regular in his church visits. An emotionally jarring encounter in his family life history understandably ignites his abandonment issues. That plus an accident force him to get real. He comes out of the closet, he tells his wife the truth about himself, leaves his marriage and lives it up with a hot Latino boyfriend in Florida.
In order to make ends meet and keep the romance afloat, he becomes a con man. A resourceful and tough con man. He'll need that toughness in prison … where he falls in love. His sweetheart is the wide-eyed, dear and sexually energetic Phillip Morris, played by Ewan McGregor.
I think the boldness and frank sexuality scared the film company. Just like with the greatly under-publicized KISS KISS BANG BANG from Warner Bros. in 2005, here was a film with a star in the lead role as an all-the-way out gay man who was a steely, masculine character. He wasn't a victim. (In KISS KISS BANG BANG, Val Kilmer played a gay Hollywood private eye, one of the best in the business.) In I LOVE YOU, PHILLIP MORIS, Jim Carrey doesn't go for laughs. His performance stays rooted in growing from the heartbreak of the character. He commits to the character. If only the film company had committed to this movie.
Now let's look at sex in cinema. Or try to.