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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Overview


Genre

Drama, Comedy

Release Date

November 27, 2009 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

98 min.

Studio

Screen Media Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Rebecca Miller

Producer

Lemore Syvan, Brad Pitt

Screenwriter

Rebecca Miller

Starring

Story


From all outward appearances, Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) leads a charmed existence. She is the devoted wife of an accomplished publisher (Alan Arkin) thirty years her senior, the proud mother of two grown children, and a trusted friend and confidant to all who cross her path. But as Pippa dutifully follows her husband to a new life in a staid Connecticut retirement community, her idyllic world and the persona she has built over the course of her marriage will be put to the ultimate test.

In truth, looks are deceiving, and this picture-perfect woman has seen more than her fair share of turmoil in her youth. Embarking on a bittersweet journey of self-discovery, accompanied by a new, strange and soulful acquaintance (Keanu Reeves), Pippa must now confront both her volatile past and the hidden resentment of her seemingly perfect life in order to find her true sense of self. By turns wry, humorous, and moving, "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" presents the complex portrait of the many lives behind a single name.

Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright Penn and Academy Award winner, Alan Arkin head an all-star cast that includes Blake Lively as the young Pippa Lee, Maria Bello as her mother, Suky Sarkissian, Keanu Reeves as Pippa's inscrutable neighbor, Chris Nadeau, Monica Bellucci as the socialite Gigi Lee, triple Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore as the freewheeling Kat, Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Winona Ryder as Pippa's trusted friend, Sandra Dulles, Mike Binder as novelist Sam Shapiro and rising stars Zoe Kazan and Ryan as Grace and Ben Lee, Pippa's young adult children.

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Andrew McCarthy
"The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" New York Premiere - Arrivals
Nov 15, 2009
Julianne Moore, Bart Freundlich
"The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" New York Premiere - Arrivals
Nov 15, 2009

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..subtle and unpredictable..”
by Rich Cline [Shadows on the Wall]
“..For a movie about the unpredictability of life, Pippa Lee plays it awfully safe..”
by Noel Murray [Onion AV Club]
“..The Private Lives of Pippa Lee proves that The Ballad of Jack and Rose was no fluke and that Miller can produce work just as good as the best of recent American independent cinema..”
by Derek Malcolm [This is London]