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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Review Critics


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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The mix is Lifetime soap–meets–Woody Allen smart-set comedy, with less humor and a genteel Connecticut setting.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    Unfortunately, writer-director Rebecca Miller's script tries so hard to be nervous and edgy that it ultimately succeeds only in making its viewers nervous and edgy.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Wright gives the title character a complexity and emotional shading often missing in this kind of ensemble comedy/drama. Pippa has the feel of a heroine in literature, rather than on the big screen.

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Iffy for 16+

Satisfying, mature drama is too intense for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this indie drama features Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, it’s not age-appropriate for tweens and younger teens. The subject matter gets pretty intense -- the movi explores everything from drug addiction to neglectful parenting to infidelity and suicide -- and could easily overwhelm younger viewers (assuming they're even interested). There’s some swearing (including "f--k") and scenes of characters tripping on various substances. Sexuality includes a teen posing for bondage photos and having sex with an older, married man (though nothing graphic is shown on screen).

  • Families can talk about why Pippa estranged herself from her family, especially her mother. What was the impact of her mother’s addiction? What are the other real-life consequences of addiction?
  • What did Pippa find comforting (if anything) in her husband? What about parenting and being a housewife appealed to her? Does her awakening seem realistic? Understandable?
  • Do you consider any of the movie's characters to be positive role models? Why or why not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Though confirming that being a wife and mother is rewarding, the film also says that it's important to recognize your own worth and needs. But many characters appear to do the opposite, serving only their own desires and treading on others.

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    Role models: Pippa is a devoted wife and mother, but she seems unable to reconnect with her true self or even integrate it into her present life. She flits from one man to another, seeking solace and safety but neglects her own needs. Other characters seem inordinately selfish; one is honest to the point of rudeness. Men and women are unfaithful to their partners and seem to constantly be looking toward passion to fill some hole in themselves. Many of the male characters objectify women.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A woman battles loudly with her unstable, drug-addled mother. A woman places a gun in her mouth in a public act of self-destruction.

  • sex false4

    Sex: A teenager poses for bondage photos; later, she goes on a promiscuous streak, which ends when she takes up with a much older married man. They're shown lounging on a couch, after sex, with her completely naked (though no breasts or genitals are visible) lying atop him (he's dressed). A man is caught with his wife's friend; though the audience doesn’t see anything, it’s implied. A married woman makes out with a neighbor.

  • language false3

    Language: Everything from “a--hole” to “f--k up.”

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking during social occasions -- primarily dinner parties. A teenager is shown imbibing at a different event. A mother pops Dexedrine all day to stay slim and get through her day; later, her daughter takes a bunch of pills to shock her mom into quitting.