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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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Rebecca Miller

Writers:

Rebecca Miller (screenplay), Rebecca Miller (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Wright ... Pippa Lee (as Robin Wright Penn)
Mike Binder ... Sam Shapiro
Alan Arkin ... Herb Lee
Winona Ryder ... Sandra Dulles
Ryan McDonald ... Ben Lee
Cornel West ... Don Sexton
Maria Bello ... Suky Sarkissian
Arnie Burton Arnie Burton ... Doctor
Tim Guinee ... Des Sarkissian
Drew Beasley Drew Beasley ... Chester Sarkissian, 6
Madeline McNulty Madeline McNulty ... Young Pippa, 7
Beckett Melville Beckett Melville ... Chester Sarkissian, 13
Zoe Kazan ... Grace Lee
Billy Wheelan Billy Wheelan ... Waiter
Shirley Knight ... Dot Nadeau
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2009 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Vida Íntima de Pippa Lee See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$89,950, 29 November 2009

Gross USA:

$337,356

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,777,499
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Though they don't interact in this film, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves appeared in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) as a couple. See more »

Quotes

Chris Nadeau: What are you thinking?
Pippa Lee: I was just thinking that you seem like...
Chris Nadeau: What?
Pippa Lee: ...Just that you seem, you seem so bright.
Pippa Lee: It's a pity you never settled on any real work. It would make your life so much easier.
Chris Nadeau: Okay. Well, thank you...
Pippa Lee: I didn't mean to offend you.
Chris Nadeau: I suggest that you go back to that little life you've puffed up for yourself. I'm sure you're very happy underneath all that anxiety.
Pippa Lee: You're right. You know, you... you are an asshole.
Chris Nadeau: Told you.
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Connections

Referenced in Biography: Winona Ryder (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Teen Baby
Written by Dwight Sherman
Performed by Gary Trexler
Courtesy of John P. Dixon for Ramco Records and Fervor Records
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The best type of adult film
31 July 2009 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

This will be regarded as 'a woman's movie' since it is written and directed by a woman (Rebecca Miller) and its central character (Robin Wright Penn) and most of the support roles (Julianne Moore, Winona Ryder, Blake Lively, Mario Bello, Monica Bellucci) are women too. But the male roles (Alan Arkin and Keanu Reeves) contribute to a stellar cast and the themes of self-discovery and self-expression are universal. If Pippa is angst-ridden, it's because she's had a traumatic life and the movie reveals a series of dramatic incidents, while concluding on a hopeful note. With not a car chase or a special effect in sight, this is an adult film in the proper sense of the word and as such well-worth viewing.


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