Factory Girl



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

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.


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.


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.


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


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.

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?


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.
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

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.
Teen, 16 years old Written byvolleyball7010 April 9, 2008


I think this movie was a pretty good movie :]] It had some *iffy* moments. It's not like i havent seen this type of thing before though. Overall it was a good fun movie :D:D .Xo.Monicaa-->.&|
Teen, 13 years old Written byarimjmviemusicluv3 August 31, 2009
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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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