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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee Review


My rating 3 Stars
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is an outstanding and beautiful story of a woman that never quite found herself. She was raised by a mother that was always high on speed and a father of the cloth. Pippa loved her mother very much, but her mother didn’t love herself at all. She was a mess. When Pippa finally had enough of that life she escaped by turning to drugs and doing what can only be described as soft-core porn. Her parents basically prepared Pippa to make one bad decision after another. They also taught her to dilute herself into thinking she was happy when she wasn’t.

This was a really good story, it really was. The movie however, wasn’t. I don’t know what amateur directed or edited this film! Or maybe it was the script, I don’t know, but the way the movie was presented made no sense to me at all. It is true that Pippa’s life was a very complicated story full of emotions and drama, but wouldn’t you think that a story like that almost writes itself? I find it amazing that they could screw this up so badly. I think that they tried to get all fancy telling you bits and pieces of her past life, sometimes out of order in hopes that it would give the movie a fresh feel. What it ended up doing was ruining the whole damn thing. We’re talking about family problems, people, not 5 levels deep of dreams! (Did you get the Inception reference?) That was completely unnecessary.

I’m sure a lot of you have seen Forest Gump. Remember Jenny? Remember how screwed up her life was? I’ve always thought that her story would make for an emotional roller coaster ride. Pippa’s story was practically Jenny’s life. How these filmmakers screwed it I will never know! I wish I could give this movie 2 stars, but I can’t in good faith do that. I really did love the story. I really did feel for Pippa. My heart went out to that character. She was such an innocent person and any time I see an innocent character being scarred by his or her own parents, husband, whatever, it really moves me. This movie could have easily gotten a 4.5 or even a 5, but they didn’t even try and that upsets me. I wish I could get a hold of that script and make it better. I think any idiot could.

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