Factory Girl

  • Review Date: June 17, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

Common Sense Media says

True story of drugs and sex is for adults only.
  • Review Date: June 17, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2007
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The price of fame and fortune for Edie was tragic. The frightening experiences she had as a child with her family, mostly her father, always haunted her and influenced her decisions. The movie deals with incest, drug use, exploitive behavior, and more.

Positive role models

Edie's tragic life is depicted with brutal, disturbing honesty. Nothing redeeming here.

Violence

Discussion of Edie's brother hanging himself; visuals of needles poking into bruised, painful skin; a man is told to be rough with Edie sexually while filming.

Sex

Front and rear nudity; men and women are seen having sex passionately and casually; scenes of soft porn with woman and man in bed in underwear; discussion of when Edie first "made it" incest; implications of junkies having sex with Edie; images of her as a child watching her father have sex with neighbor; woman records sounds of sex and plays them for Warhol.

Language

Frequent uses of "s--t," "f--k," "ass," "c--k," and more.

Consumerism

Pop culture references from the '60s used to establish place and time -- songs, art, etc.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Constant drinking, smoking (cigarettes and pot), injecting heroin, and popping pills. Edie says that her father pumped her with pills, which enabled them to admit her to the mental hospital.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this tragic biopic about Edie Sedgwick isn't for kids. Pieced together through scenes of the often-bizarre underground world of Andy Warhol's mid-'60s Factory, it includes graphic images of sex, drinking, drugs, causal nudity, and soft porn. Edie shares memories of incest with her father (starting when she was 8), her brother's suicide, her first time having sex (while at a mental hospital), her parents giving her drugs from a young age, and more. Fashion-crazy teens may be drawn by star Sienna Miller's uncanny resemblance to Sedgwick -- whose iconic fashion sense has given her cult status today. But the movie's language, the characters' decadent debauchery, and, frankly, the extremely depressing story line about a privileged young woman's doomed life make it too much even for teens.

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What's the story?

The film chronicles Edie Sedgwick's (Sienna Miller) mid-'60s days with artist Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce) and his Factory, a glam Manhattan loft where artist misfits partied and made underground movies (some of which were pornographic). As light and happy as Sedgwick appears -- prancing around in leotards and tights, with her infectious laugh and her love of art and friends -- she reveals a dark past through painful stories. Born to a wealthy, blue-blooded family, Sedgwick grew up afraid of her father's sexual advances and with no support from her chilly mother. What's more, she had to deal with her brother's suicide and being admitted to a mental hospital. Given all that, it comes as no surprise to watch Sedgwick drink excessively, experiment casually with drugs, and get hooked on heroin. Warhol is painted as a monster as he watches this deeply troubled young woman slip slowly into a black hole. It's well-documented that Sedgwick knew Bob Dylan, but in the film she becomes involved with a prophet-like folk musician known as Billy Quinn (Hayden Christensen). (Apparently Dylan's people threatened to sue if he was mentioned.) Quinn tries to pry Sedgwick away from Warhol, and though she's tempted, she can't escape the Factory's clutches. This starts her downward spiral, which is accompanied by some of the film's saddest scenes -- graphic images of Sedgwick being injected in her bruised bottom, drugged, and taken advantage of by other junkies. Warhol further punishes her with an almost-rape scene in one of his movies.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Any parent who knows anything about the life of Edie Sedgwick will know that FACTORY GIRL isn't a film for kids -- or even teens. Filmed partially in black and white, Factory Girl jumps chaotically from scene to scene, sometimes just showing snippets, as Sedgwick spins out of control. Viewers who don't know how her story ends may feel hopeful viewing Sedgwick narrate her '60s experiences during a rehab therapy session -- she looks softer without her characteristic black eyeliner, tights, and mini skirt. But as with much of Sedgwick's life, looks can be deceiving.

The film is hard enough to watch for adults who are already familiar with this era and these figures -- teens may think they're getting a movie about a fashion, art and glamour, but they'll emerge feeling disturbed, fooled, and upset.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the art of Andy Warhol. What message do his images of household items send?

  • Parents should also address Sedgwick's seduction into Warhol's Factory and what was really missing in her life -- a solid ground to call home.

  • How did this affect the direction Sedgwick's life took?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 8, 2007
DVD release date:June 19, 2007
Cast:Guy Pearce, Hayden Christensen, Sienna Miller
Director:George Hickenlooper
Studio:Weinstein Co.
Genre:Drama
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:nudity, drug use, language, sexual content.

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Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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This movie isn't quite acceptable for children under 14 years of age.

Although I have seen it and it shouldn't be appropriate for children my age it is a good story. I had to watch it especially since it told the story of my favorite past time celebrities Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick. This move does contain alot of drug and alchohol abuse people can relate and they can also understand Edie's addiction. They can also learn more about the famous Andy Warhol. There was alot of sexual intercourse in this film but it seemed to me that was needed to be included to show the intensity of Edie and Billy Quin's relationship.
Adult Written byJayGatsby October 27, 2011
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18
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Spectacular cautionary tale about the empty promises of being famous

This movie does not glorify the lifestyle of its real-life characters. It's a cautionary tale about the meaninglesness of being famous for fame's sake. I appreciated this movie because I watched it at a time when I was studying postmodern art, and the total meaninglessness of Warhol's art was apparent, as well as his total lack of loyalty. What makes the movie so good are the breathaking and Oscar-worthy performances of Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce, who consumed their roles with an authenticity and passion that was wonderful to watch. The movie ends with a mash-up of poignant flashbacks, with Warhol and Edie contemplating how the world would remember them. It is a sad, regretful little movie, about sad, regretful people, and how they can be swept away in the false promises of being famous, and all the decadence that comes with it. It remains a sad cautionary tale that rings ture on the consequences of being famous. I recommend it for ADULTS ONLY. The sex, nudity, drug content, and profanity is pervasive throughout.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byarimjmviemusicluv3 August 31, 2009
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13
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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