Pippa Lee

The trailer for The Private Lives of Pippa Lee starring Robin Wright Penn has been kicking around for a few weeks but I’ve let it dangle because I’m not 100% sure it’s my cup of tea. On the other hand, Buttercup always gets the benefit of a doubt from me and not everything that is my cup of tea is your cup of tea if you know what I mean and I think you do.

Based on the novel by Rebecca Miller (you may know her as the director of The Ballad of Jack and Rose or, if you prefer to define your women in terms of the men they’re related to, you may know her as the daughter of playwright Arthur Miller and the wife of Daniel Day Lewis), Pippa Lee is the examination of the kaleidoscopic inner life of a woman (copyright Jennybee) played by Ms. Penn.

It also stars Alan Arkin as her much older husband, Blake Lively as her younger self, Maria Bello as her mother, Keanu Reeves as some slack jaw, Monica Bellucci as some French hottie,  plus Julianne Moore and Winona Ryder.

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee got mixed reviews in the trades when it premiered earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival, but if we’ve learned anything in the last 2 1/2 years together it’s that the trades barely know squat when it comes to what’s what.

It opens on November 27. Stream the trailer after the jump.

6 Responses to “Trailer: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee”

  1. Craig, I assume Mario Bello will play Robin’s mother in the flashbacks where Blake Lively will be portraying her younger self.

    According to IMDB, Ms. Wright is a year OLDER than Ms. Bello. Almost to the day.

    Otherwise some pretty intense CGI would have to be involved.

    Or something…

  2. “Keanu Reeves as some slack jaw…” Jeez, that’s kind of… harsh.

  3. Miranda, that’s correct.

    Joe…always a pleasure to have you in for your yearly LiC comment. And yeah, that’s kind of harsh, but me and Keanu go way back long before I started writing about movies on the internet. Not personally of course, but let’s just say I’m not a fan.

  4. Funny, he always speaks highly of you….

  5. Keanu’s earnest “duh” quality has grown on me, what can I say?

    Also, I love Wright-Penn, but can someone tell her to lighten the fuck up once in a while? She’s beautiful and talented and adored, surely there’s SOMETHING pleasant in her life that she can bring to the screen. I get a tad exasperated with this group of strong actresses who play one bored, trapped, or abused house wife after another.

  6. Keanu is great in the right thing. Bill & Ted was funny.

    He marred a couple of dramas early on in his career and I still can’t let go of it.

    Kind of agree with you on Wright-Penn, but on the other hand there isn’t exactly a flood of great female parts hitting the big screen. She takes what she can get and she does a great job of it. If she lightened up, I fear she’d be wasting her time in bland romantic comedies and that would be kind of a shame.

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