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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A woman (Robin Wright Penn) struggles with her identity when her older-man husband is forced to move into a retirement community... and also when she thinks back on how different she is from the person she has forced herself to be.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin, Maria Bello, Blake Lively, Mike Binder, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, Ryan McDonald, Monica Bellucci, Zoe Kazan, Julianne Moore, Shirley Knight, Robin Weigert, Tim Guinee

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketGo! It's an interesting examination one's ability to reinvent oneself-- at least on the outside.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: There aren't that many laughs, but of the ones that are there, at least two will be forever etched in my mind as moments I can mentally call upon whenever I need a good laugh about a private joke.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: There's a lot worth crying over, but it most likely won't move you to tears, because you'll be too busy gloating over the fact that all that bad stuff is happening to them, and not you.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: I would definitely consider this for some nominations. In particular I think it's got a chance in the acting and directing departments. But realistically, only in the Independent Spirit Awards.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Amazing. First of all, Robin Wright Penn and Maria Bello are two of the best actresses working today, despite the fact that many people still don't know who either of them are, or that they should be first on everyone's casting lists. Robin Wright Penn's pseudo-anonymity is because during her years married to Sean, she only did one movie a year, so as to spend the rest of the time with the kids. Either her kids have grown or the divorce has freed up her schedule, but she seems to be available for a lot more parts lately, which I think we can all be thankful for. As for Maria Bello the only reason I can think of that she's not more well known is that she molds herself so deeply into each role that she plays, that you forget she was in the film by the time you leave, because you're only thinking of the character she played. Also worth mentioning are Blake Lively, who busts free of her Gossip Girl persona, to prove that she's an actress of much greater depth than most of her fans might realize, and Winona Ryder, who put me in the mood for a major comeback. You go, girls!

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Rebecca Miller's earlier film, Personal Velocity, made me wonder why this woman was getting a break at all, which led me to do some research on her background, which led to the discovery that she's Daniel Day-Lewis's wife and Arthur Miller's daughter, which led me to understand why she got a break. Now, I've got nothing against nepotism when the receiver can prove that there is a gift beneath the bloodline that's worthy of receiving a chance. And in this film, Miller-Day-Lewis finally proves that she deserves the chances she's gotten, and has at last honed a craft in her own right that's worthy of paying attention to.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: It's structured unlike any movie you've seen before, and deals with original themes and settings, so even if it's not the feel good movie of the year, it will give you something to think about that can't be easily tied up in a bow, but will likely relate in some way to your own life, or the people in it.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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