Reviews and Problems with The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
Showing 1-10 of 10
Movie overall 8
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
22 April 2010
Conclusion: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a wonderful film that remains surprisingly quirky despite its dark subject matter. Between the smart screenplay by Rebecca Miller, impressive performances from the main cast, and the creative use of flashback narrative, the film's destined to delight audiences for years to come. In fact, I'd consider myself a member of what I anticipate will be a growing cult following, and look forward to future productions by Rebecca Miller.
Excerpt: As the adult Pippa Lee, the comely, gracious, unfailingly appropriate wife of a newly retired New York publisher, Robin Wright speaks in a small, high voice that suggests a kind of atrophy. It's the kind of voice that might result from years of unuse, of sealing even the most meager opinions behind the warm but empty smile of a literary consort, and Pippa is the kind of woman who has endured countless cocktail party conversations without once being spoken to herself.
Conclusion: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is a low-budget film that tries to make the most of its financial backing. It is a better than average piece that requires some patience at first and maybe even a second viewing to fill any gaps after your initial introduction. I’d recommend a rental, but not one to put high on the must-see list.
Conclusion: The strengths of 'The Private Lives of Pippa Lee' (and there are many - a superb cast with outstanding performances, a compelling lead character, genuine wit and insight into the human condition) sometimes wobble on a foundation of iffy direction from writer-director Rebecca Miller. She's a hell of a writer (and this was a novel of hers beforehand, too) but she could use some finesse when it comes to the director's chair.
Excerpt: Here is a small, unknown fact about Private Lives of Pippa Lee : It is a physical impossibility to have enough liquid in your tear ducts to get through this movie in one sitting. If you were to cry every time a character lets go in this movie, you would likely drop a few pounds, purely based on tears alone. It is also probably impossible to write a story about someone more depressed and distant than Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn).
Excerpt: In one scene, someone calls Pippa Lee an enigma. She replies by saying, “To be perfectly honest, I've had enough of being an enigma. I want to be known." Well Pippa, don’t get ahead of yourself because it’s the enigmatic elements that make The Private Lives of Pippa Lee curiously ingenious. Based on the title and the film’s poster, you’ve likely already formulated a slew of preconceived notions.
Excerpt: Rebecca Lee Miller’s melodrama The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee —which she based on her own novel—is told from the perspective of the title character, a former free spirit who suffers a spell of sleepwalking and uses the incidents as impetus to look back at why she settled down in the first place. Robin Wright Penn plays Pippa, the wife of aging book editor Alan Arkin.
Excerpt: "Pippa Lee" presents us with the familiar premise of a middle-aged life unravelling in the suburbs, re-worked by a smart and assertive script. This engaging and insightful film centres on the theme of identity as a result of circumstance, with a raw and at times disarming honesty. An excellent ensemble cast makes this story of the human condition a powerful experience.