The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

2009, Drama/Comedy, 1h 33m

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Reverential and offbeat, the road trip film Private lives of Pippa Lee takes emotional detours and is elevated by great performances, particularly that of Robin Wright-Penn. Read critic reviews

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Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) is a middle-aged woman married to a much older man named Herb (Alan Arkin), a celebrated publisher. After she and Herb move to a retirement community, Pippa's troubled past bubbles to the surface. Though a neighbor's son (Keanu Reeves) acts as her confidante, Pippa slowly inches toward a nervous breakdown.

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  • Jan 22, 2012
    Very good movie which, I have to admit, I sat there bored through for the first 40 minutes. It was only when it got to the scene with the first wife that I started to understand the events that had shaped this dull-on-the- surface married woman. Blake Lively is excellent as the younger Pippa, as is Robin Wright as the older one. I really wished I had paid more attention by the end, I think this one deserves a rewatch and is the kind of movie that will grow on you as you find yourself thinking of it the next day. Subtle, but beautifully done.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 10, 2010
    The performances are the only reason to check out this film. It needed a rewrite. It kind of reminded me of the film, The Hours. I didn't like the style of this film. The film is well casted and everyone delivers.
    Sol C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 23, 2010
    Loved the process... very interesting storyline and great acting from everyone.
    Leigh R Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2010
    I have to say I thought this would be quite an awful movie and I only decided to watch it as I am a Keanu Reeves fan. I had no idea either why this seemed to miss cinemas here in Thailand but I have to say that I was pleasantly suprised by this movie. I will not bore you with the plot but suffice to say that it was engaging from start to finish with good acting and a strong feeling that there is happiness out there for everyone. Highly recommended.
    Ian W Super Reviewer

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