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The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee
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Reviewed on 2009-12-12
Received[2]  out of 4 stars
Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn from “State of Play” and “Forrest Gump”) is the middle-aged wife of famous publisher Herb Lee (Alan Arkin from “Little Miss Sunshine”), who is 30 years her senior. Herb has had three serious heart attacks and they have recently moved from their swanky apartment in Manhattan to a retirement community in central Connecticut.

Pippa is labeled as an adaptable enigma. Everyone views her on the outside as a giving, caring, beautiful and intelligent woman. This character study goes back and forth between Pippa’s turbulent past and a present of self-reflection.

Rebecca Miller (“The Ballad of Jack & Rose” and “Personal Velocity”) wrote and directed this screen adaptation of her own novel. The ensemble cast includes Maria Bello, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Blake Lively, Julianne Moore and Monica Belluci.

Penn’s character wrestles with an uncertain future, because the sands in the hourglass have nearly run out on her marriage due to Herb’s precarious health. Secrets are revealed about her upbringing and an affair taking place without her knowledge.

Pippa confides in a neighbor’s adult son (Reeves) and turns to him for guidance.

It is hard to connect with or have any sympathy for the lead character. She made her bed with some questionable choices in life and now she is paying the price.

The movie holds your interest with a series of loosely connected episodes, but leaves you in a frozen and distant state. This soap opera would have been a better fit for the women-oriented Lifetime cable channel.

Opening exclusively for a limited engagement at the Glenwood Arts.

Review By:
Keith Cohen "The Movie Guy"


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