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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee [Blu-ray] (2009)

Robin Wright , Alan Arkin , Rebecca Miller  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robin Wright, Alan Arkin, Mike Binder, Winona Ryder, Ryan McDonald
  • Directors: Rebecca Miller
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002YMWPQ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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: After nearly two decades under the wing of an aging, avuncular husband (Alan Arkin), dutiful mother and housewife Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) undergoes a midlife breakthrough. Unearthing the sexually curious wild child of teens (as portrayed by Blake Lively), middle age Pippa sparks a relationship with a divorcee loner (Keanu Reeves). The Private Lives of Pippa Lee features Wright Penn in a revelatory performance as a resilient woman, refusing to let life pass her by.
Written by award-winning screenwriter and director Rebecca Miller, daughter of renowned playwright Arthur Miller.
Critics are saying it is Robin Wright Penn s tour de force performance and award buzz has already begun! the difference between growing old and growing up.
Produced by Plan B Entertainment, Brad Pitt s Production Company!

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
In a male-dominated industry like Hollywood, it is refreshing once in a while to watch a movie in which the main character is a woman (Robin Wright). It is additionally rewarding - a bonus, if you will -- if the director is also a woman (Rebecca Miller, who wrote the story). The result, "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," is satisfying and remarkable. This film touches you and stays with you.

The story is about Pippa Sarkissian (Wright) - who would later become Pippa Lee --, an attractive woman with a troubled past, reaching middle age, who is trying to get her life together. Her mother Suky (the always dependable Maria Bello) was moody and addicted to antidepressants, and was repulsed by Pippa when she was born, because she was hairy. However, this situation improved throughout the years, and Suky got very attached to Pippa. Unfortunately, her mother's problems persisted, and Pippa eventually had to leave home. After some time living carelessly by herself, she finds Herb Lee (Alan Arkin), a man thirty years her senior, who happens to be a successful publisher. They get married and life appears to be good for everyone. That is, until Pippa's past begins haunting her -- a situation that is worsened by her current problems.

This is a real life drama, spiked with humor, especially provided by Wynona Ryder, in a surprising supporting role. It examines a woman's life that "keeps swinging back and forth from generation to generation, getting it wrong." Robin Wright shines as Pippa Lee, and Arkin as her husband. The magnificent cast also includes Blake Lively (as Pippa in her younger years) Monica Bellucci, Julianne Moore, Shirley Knight, and Keanu Reeves. The Blu-ray edition includes commentaries by Wright and Miller, and interviews with Wright, Arkin, and Lively. (USA, 2009, color, 98 min plus additional materials)

Reviewed by Eric Gonzales exclusively for [...] on March 1, 2010.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Pippa Lee set herself free? March 3, 2010
Format:DVD
My husband picked up this DVD on a whim, thinking I might like it, and he was right! "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee" is a thoughtful, leisurely-paced drama about a woman who though anchored in a stable relationship in the present, is haunted by her turbulent past. Robin Wright Penn plays Pippa Lee, a sort of prim and proper wife to an aging yet indomitable older man, Herb (Alan Arkin). The couple have recently moved to a retirement community, though Herb, who has already suffered previous heart attacks, refuses to buckle down and lead a quiet life. Pippa who is 30 years younger than Herb, tries her utmost to take care of her husband, despite his protestations and suffers from exhaustion, finding herself spacing out, binge eating in the middle of the night (but having no recollections of it later), and finds herself experiencing flashback moments of her younger days.

The movie flows well between the past and the present. We see baby Pippa being initially shunned by her mother Suky (Maria Bello) for being overly hairy as an infant, and how this relationship changes over time. As Pippa grows (the teenage Pippa is played by Gossip Girl's Blake Lively), a close relationship forms between Suky and her daughter, but Suky's own deteriorating mental health and over-dependence on anti-depressants causes a friction in their relationship. Pippa runs away, meeting interesting characters along the way - photographer (Julianne Moore), successful publisher Herb (Arkin),co-dependent friend (Winona Ryder in a great supporting role), and a store clerk (Keanu Reeves). Having settled down to a sedate married life, Pippa ponders her life's purpose, and some startling revelations throw her scheduled life off-balance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, decent Blu February 28, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Screen Media hardly ever puts any money into their BDs (as is the case here again) but Rebecca Miller put together a good story told in a less than simple way.

The story follows the life (if told lineally) of a woman from birth to her rebirth as an older woman (Robin Wright). Along this journey we jump back and forth in her time line as we see the different lives she has led. Mario Bello competently played her drug addled mother, Alan Arkin her much older husband, with some interesting short roles from Monica Belucci and Winona Ryder. The criticism I have read regarding confusion and casting choices to play the same person I can see having some validity, but I enjoyed the challenge of figuring things out while watching this. Keanu is once again picked to play a non-emotional role and he does it fine. The Blu quality is standard at times, above average in others. The vehicle motion scenes are difficult to figure out though, as they chose to film with the windows rolled up in each scene so the resulting reflections are always blurring the scenes - really the only shortcoming of the Blu quality. The DTS gets used infrequently and the special feature of interviews from a screening lasts only a few minutes and is forgettable. The commentary was adequate but as admitted by Wright - a little awkward to do at times.

You would be getting this for the performances alone, but I do not think there would be any significant disappointment in the BD either. No region coding listed, English and Spanish subs only.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Private
Keanu Reeves, Robin Wright, Monica Bellucci, Winona Ryder, Alan Arkin Julianne Moore, and Blake Lively and Maria Bello and Shirley Knight are in that show
Published 3 months ago by gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta watch it
What a great movie !! Robin Wright and Blake Lively in a great story that goes back and forth on time. A lot of stars doing cameos and a love story (or some). Read more
Published 6 months ago by alexx
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad movie nor a great one either
I had no idea about this movie going in. However, I really like the cast. The movie itself is slow and feels like it drags in places. But it has a lot of good moments. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Blake Dawson
5.0 out of 5 stars All star cast does not disappoint!
I came into this movie without knowing what to expect. I quickly realized I would not be disappointed. It was refreshing and unique. The all start cast brought their A game. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Chococat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cast! Excellent transition of Pippa's personal and unique style.
Watching Robin Wright perform----what a rewarding treat for the movie audience. Maria Bello and Blake Lively were perfectly cast as Pippa's Mom and younger self. Great movie! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marcia Klucznik
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
It has keanu reeves in it...so gave it a shot :) it's entertaining all the way :) on time delivery and well packaged!
Published 10 months ago by Zombierosie
5.0 out of 5 stars RW is excellant
I love Robin Wright. Great movie, lots of great people, good story don't know why I didn't get to this sooner.
Published 12 months ago by tk5005
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent character driven multi-layered women's drama
I just watched this movie for the third time and in a few months we will probably watch it again. My wife brought it home and I reluctantly decided to sit through it. Read more
Published 13 months ago by John H. Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful and very entertaining
It is well acted and has a different view of what life really is. i enjoyed every minute of it. I will reccommende ti to my friend and family.
Published 15 months ago by Genoveva Felisgrau
1.0 out of 5 stars The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
I honestly didn't like the movie. You're left wondering what happened to certain characters that were introduced. And the story really wasn't finished to me, the movie just ended. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Art Buff
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