The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

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The Private AND Confusing Lives of Pippa Lee

I've often wondered what I might be willing to do to escape the dreaded on-set of old age. Maybe take a trip to India to bathe in the waters of youth, run a marathon, even climb Mount Everest. But moving to a retirement community wouldn't be at the top of my list, at least not until I've decided to accept the beauty and serenity of the more mature ages. Well this is exactly what Pippa (Robin Wright) and husband Herb (Alan Arkin) decide is best after Herb, 30 years her senior, has several heart attacks. Little does Pippa know that in moving to a slower way of life, she'll be faced with her childhood memories, the good, the bad, and the ugly. As she embarks on this trip down memory lane, Pippa will learn a lot about who she is and what it means to live life for herself.

I, myself, like a serious movie every once in a while. A movie that I can really ponder and analyze for hours, allowing the message to penetrate the very fibers of my being. This is what I was hoping for in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. Well it was serious, and it did have all the elements to be a movie that would make it's audience take a second look at life. BUT in the end the movie was just confusing and lacking in any depth.
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is split into two parts, oni was Pippa's childhood memories, the other was the present day problem that Pippa has in the form of sleep-walking , which she blames on a near nervous breakdown. We, the audience, never find out how, or why, the two are related! Also, as Pippa remembers her childhood, you can't decide if you should feel sorry for her or glad for her that she escaped her drug-abusing mother. Too many holes in the plot! I wanted to like The Private Lives of Pippa Lee so much, but if you are looking for a movie with some serious wits about it, skip this one.

Motherly Advice: ClearPlay cuts out a LOT. I blame the movies' lack of plot and confusion on the fact that maybe it all happened during the "unmentionable parts" that my wonderful ClearPlay filtered out for me. ;0) Lots of extra-marital affair references in this movie. Also, Pippa's mother is a drug addict, and Pippa herself goes through a wild stage that you'll see all the usual suspects, drugs, multiple boyfriends, alcohol, revealing clothing, partying...and more partying. I don't think this movie is appropriate for anyone under 18.

Trisha-Still Looking for a Movie I can "Sink" My Teeth Into--Any Suggestions?

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