THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE
Release Date: November 27, 2009
Starring: Robin Wright Penn, Alan Arkin,
Keanu Reeves, Blake Lively,
Julianne Moore, Winona Ryder,
Maria Bello, Monica Bellucci,
and Zoe Kazan
Audience: Older teenagers to adults
Runtime: 93 minutes
Distributor: Screen Media Films
Director: Rebecca Miller
Executive Producer: Jean Luc De Fanti and Jill
Producer: Lemore Syvan and Dede Gardner
Writer: Rebecca Miller
Address Comments To:Joseph E. Kovacs, President, Screen Media Ventures
Robert E. Baruc, President, Screen Media Films
757 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017
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THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE is the psychological study of a mixed-up woman who suddenly decides she’s made all the wrong choices in life.
After living a bohemian 1960s lifestyle, Pippa Lee married an older writer with whom she had an adulterous affair. Now, nearly 25 years later, she is having her own “midlife crisis,” which has resulted in periodic episodes of sleepwalking. Pippa Lee is also bothered that she is estranged from her rebellious teenage daughter. Then, Pippa Lee discovers her sickly husband, Herb, is having his own midlife crisis, in the form of an affair with the younger wife of his agent.
The movie explores the history behind Pippa Lee’s life up to now, including her failed relationship with her own mother, which causes her to run away to live with her lesbian aunt, and how she became Herb’s second wife. In present time, it also shows her growing friendship with Chris, a mystical man in his 30s who has created his own personal New Age Jesus in his own image. Ultimately, the movie has one of those open-ended, inconclusive, modernist last scenes that leaves viewers hanging, without much resolution of anything, including anything that really tells them who the characters they’ve been watching really are.
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE is a jumbled mess. This is probably because its view of human psychology and people’s personal relationships with God thru Jesus Christ and their fellow humans has little or no Christian, biblical foundation. Instead, it seems to have a strong Romantic worldview, in the philosophical sense of writers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Immanuel Kant, and Hegel. The movie doesn’t tell viewers much about the specifics of Chris’ religious views (though he does say a couple things that sound Christian), but his attitude ultimately seems New Age and rather antinomian or lawless. This is the case with many people in today’s modern society, so, in an unintentional way, this movie reveals the empty and vapid quality of a worldview that is not totally grounded in a Christian foundation rooted in the historical biblical text of the Old Testament and New Testament writings.
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE also contains plenty of strong foul language, sexual immorality (including a depicted sex scene), brief drug content and nudity, homosexual references to a lesbian aunt, and a shocking sound of suicide by gunshot. Though very coy about the specifics of its Romantic worldview, the movie is not something that discerning, media-wise viewers will want to take the time to see.
THE PRIVATE LIVES OF PIPPA LEE is a jumbled mess. This is probably because its view of human psychology and people’s personal relationships with God and their fellow humans has little Christian, biblical foundation. Instead, the movie has a strong Romantic worldview, in the philosophical sense. It doesn’t tell viewers much about the specifics of Chris’ religious views, but they seem New Age and amoral. The movie also contains some strong foul language, sexual immorality, brief nudity, and a scene with a sudden suicide.