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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)

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After her much older husband forces a move to a suburban retirement community, Pippa Lee engages in a period of reflection and finds herself heading toward a quiet nervous breakdown.

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Pippa Lee (as Robin Wright Penn)
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Ben Lee
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Don Sexton
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Suky Sarkissian
Arnie Burton ...
Doctor
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Des Sarkissian
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Chester Sarkissian, 6
Madeline McNulty ...
Young Pippa, 7
Beckett Melville ...
Chester Sarkissian, 13
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Grace Lee
Billy Wheelan ...
Waiter
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Dot Nadeau
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Pippa Lee feels dislocated when she and her husband Herb move from Manhattan to a retirement community. He's older than she, they have two children who are young adults, and the daughter hardly speaks to Pippa. Pippa tells us about her life, in long flashbacks, starting with her birth to a mom who was a social dynamo and addicted to pills. As a teen, Pippa moves out and lives a hippie life until meeting Herb, who was then married to a young siren. Pippa discloses tragedies and discoveries. In the present, she's sleepwalking at night and talking from time to time with a burned-out case, the 35-year-old son of a neighbor. Can Pippa connect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The life you love may be your own. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, brief nudity, some drug material and language | See all certifications »

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10 July 2009 (UK)  »

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A Vida Íntima de Pippa Lee  »

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Julianne Moore only spent two days filming her role. See more »

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Sandra Dulles: [Sandra sees Herb on the hospital bed and gets shocked. Explains to Pippa] I had chest pains.
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After the Ball
Written by Charles Harris (as Charles K. Harris)
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Character drama about an uninteresting character
20 May 2010 | by See all my reviews

"The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" is an independent, character drama, with an all star cast, and written by Rebecca Miller, the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller - so what's not to like? Well, Pippa Lee, for one thing.

I found that they gave us no reason to really like or care for Pippa Lee. And the so called private lives seem to be non-existent. Sure, Pippa was a child, then a teenager, then a young adult, now middle-aged and she will grow old - but I failed to see how this was different from everybody else on the planet.

For character drama enthusiasts you will probably need to see this because I'm sure all the buzz it got piqued your interest like mine, but for everybody else there are plenty of other independent dramas out there with actual characters that will pique your interest.


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