Parents' Guide to

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Satisfying, mature drama is too intense for kids.

Movie R 2009 97 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Good .

I will have to watch it again.

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great movie

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Wright Penn's face registers even the slightest of emotions, a gift that not too many actresses have. How wonderful to see her in action again in this poetic though somewhat diffuse drama. Despite her uncommon beauty, Wright Penn makes Pippa relatable -- she's a woman who has lost touch with her essential self and is confronted by a changing landscape that forces her to readjust to survive. Who was she, and who is she now? How did she get to where she is? And does she like it there?

Miller extracts considerable depth in all of her actors. (Except perhaps Winona Ryder, who shows glimpses of her old talent but borders on overdone.) It's good to see Arkin in a role other than jolly, quirky grandfather, and Reeves is refreshingly subtle and mature. The film feels somewhat crowded, but there are plenty of times when viewers get Wright Penn -- as well as stretches of a surprisingly complex performance from Blake Lively as a younger Pippa -- and what a joy that is.

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