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The private lives of Pippa Lee - Robin Wright Penn, Mike Binder, Alan Arkin, Rebecca Miller

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From all outward appearances, Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) leads a charmed existence. An anchor of feminine serenity, she is the devoted wife of an accomplished publisher (Alan Arkin) thirty years her senior, the proud mother of two grown children, and a trusted friend and confidant to all who cross her path. But as Pippa dutifully follows her husband to a new life in a staid Connecticut retirement community, her idyllic world and the persona she has built over the course of her marriage will be put to the ultimate test.

In truth, the gracious woman of the present day has seen more than her fair share of turmoil in her past - an array of erotic misadventures, a diet-pill-addicted mother (Maria Bello) and the suicide of an exotic rival - until finding love and security in a family of her own. Embarking on a bitter-sweet journey of self-discovery, along with help from a new, strange and soulful acquaintance (Keanu Reeves), Pippa must now confront both her volatile past and the hidden undercurrents of her seemingly placid world to find the true sense of self which has always eluded her.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama marriage relationship love family summer winter romance affair

Persons of interest

  • Robin Wright Penn .... Pippa Lee
  • Mike Binder .... Sam Shapiro
  • Alan Arkin .... Herb Lee
  • Winona Ryder .... Sandra Dulles
  • Ryan McDonald .... Ben Lee
  • Cornelius West .... Don Sexton
  • Maria Bello .... Suky Sarkissian
  • Tim Guinee .... Des Sarkissian
  • Drew Beasley .... Chester Sarkissian - Age 6
  • Madeline McNulty .... Young Pippa - Age 7
  • Beckett Melville .... Chester Sarkissian - Age 13
  • Zoe Kazan .... Grace Lee
  • Shirley Knight .... Dot Nadeau
  • Keanu Reeves .... Chris Nadeau
  • JR Horne .... Jonnie Nadeau
  • Blake Lively .... Young Pippa
  • Adam Shonkwiler .... Chester Sarkissian - Age 22
  • Robin Weigert .... Trish Sarkissian
  • Julianne Moore .... Kat
  • Christin Sawyer Davis .... Shelly
  • Dan DeLuca .... Craig Simms
  • Adam Grupper .... Max Kessler
  • Sean-Michael Bowles .... Jed
  • Audrey Lynn Weston .... Terry
  • Monica Bellucci .... Gigi Lee
  • Teresa Yenque .... Alphonsa
  • Lola Pashalinski .... Mrs Mankievitz
  • Rebecca Miller .... Author
  • Rebecca Miller .... Screenwriter
  • Rebecca Miller .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The private lives of Pippa Lee is the kind of melodrama that chicks enjoy if they aren't suffering from suburban neurosis and blokes enjoy if... well, if they're old or ugly and dream of marrying younger, prettier women. No, it isn't soft porn.

The first third of the film is dull, the middle third is peculiar and the last third is actually worth watching. The casting has too many famous faces to be taken seriously as an independent drama so it looks like a made-for-TV movie of the week even though the actors are A-list (except for Winona Ryder but maybe they needed help with the costuming).

You've seen better work from everyone.

The drama movie The private lives of Pippa Lee is directed by Rebecca Miller and stars Robin Wright Penn, Mike Binder, Alan Arkin.

Government security censorship classification

M (Mature themes, coarse language, sexual references, drug references and nudity)

Surveillance time

98 minutes (1:38 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 22 October 2009

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