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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

The Private Lives of Pippa LeeIf anyone can knit the unraveling title character in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee into a recognizable woman, it's Robin Wright. Always...The Private Lives of Pippa LeeDramaPT93MRIf anyone can knit the unraveling title character in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee into a recognizable woman, it's Robin Wright. Always...2009-11-24Mike BinderKeanu ReevesWinona RyderMike Binder, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder
Keanu Reeves, Robin Wright, ... | COUNTER CULTURE Robin Wright and Keanu Reeves at the checkout in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

COUNTER CULTURE Robin Wright and Keanu Reeves at the checkout in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (Gene Page)

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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

Genre: Drama; Starring: Alan Arkin, Robin Wright, Mike Binder, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder; Director: Rebecca Miller; Author: Rebecca Miller; Runtime (in minutes): 93; MPAA Rating: R

If anyone can knit the unraveling title character in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee into a recognizable woman, it’s Robin Wright. Always an actor of great physical loveliness, the star, now in her 40s, has a unique talent for conveying the minute mood shifts of an adult woman wised up by her own aging. She’s pleasing as ever to watch in this high-class production by writer-director Rebecca Miller (Personal Velocity), adapted from Miller’s own novel. But the rarefied dramatique circles in which Pippa (literally) sleepwalks are such a mess of highfalutin complications that it’s impossible to empathize with the sad, lost, fragile heroine. (She’s much more relatable in the novel.) The mix is Lifetime soap?meets?Woody Allen smart-set comedy, with less humor and a genteel Connecticut setting.

This we know: Pippa is married to a much older man, Herb (Alan Arkin), a successful publisher who left his wife (Monica Bellucci) for Pippa when the former Pippa Sarkissian was a crazy, drug- and sex-addled filly (played, in flashback, by Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively). Now while Herb makes eyes at a new younger, crazy woman (Winona Ryder), Pippa somnambulates her way into a bond with her neighbor’s emotionally trip-wired son (Keanu Reeves). The name-brand cast gives the movie buzz, but no velocity. C

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Originally posted November 24 2009 — 12:00 AM EST

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