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皮帕·李的私生活 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

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皮帕·李的私生活 The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
If there was an Oscar for "Most Cathartic Fingerbang By Jesus," The Private Lives of Pippa Lee would have it locked down. Get past that, and the blatant general Oscar... Er... Baiting... By the rest of the cast, and you'll find one of the Fall's more engaging surprises.The movie economically introduces our heroine, Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn, who's looking more and more like Glenn Close with age) and most of the supporting cast in a tightly written, simple scene. The Lee's (Penn and a casually charming Alan Arkin) have just moved into a new house in the suburbs, and are being toasted by their best friend Sam (Mike Binder). Sam calls Pippa "an enigma," she tells us in voiceover that she "wants to be known," and we're off.The story flashes back and forth between the present day as Pippa starts to break down and out of her housewife mold, and her past (played there by Blake Lively, who is slightly out of her depth against the accomplished supporting cast). You can write the story, and almost every plot point of the movie yourself from there: a domineering mother, played cartoonishly by Maria Bello; free spirit years with Julianne Moore (clearly having fun); and finally buttoning up as a housewife with father figure Alan Arkin.In the present, Pippa is acting out, and ends up bonding with similarly lost soul Keanu Reeves who, wait for it, has a giant tattoo of Jesus on his chest. And who's method of praying may involve his fingers, and some banging. Because if you need someone to play the one true savior of mankind, the short list is Keanu Reeves and Jim Caveziel.The movie shouldn't work, as it's a cartoonish mélange of stock characters and clichés. Except... It totally does. In fact, it might be the most purely enjoyable female driven ensemble since Fried Green Tomatoes or A League of Their Own.Credit Director/Writer Rebecca Miller, adapting from her own novel (a recipe for disaster which is somehow avoided), who brings a sure hand to both the lensing and the pacing. Other than a saggy bit in the third act, the movie moves briskly along, actually becoming funnier and more engaging as it goes. Winona Ryder in particular, playing Pippa's friend and Sam's girlfriend, is better in the third act of this movie than she has been on screen in decades.And anchoring the cast, Robin Wright Penn is superb, making us care about Pippa and wanting to see her succeed, even when her story may be one we've seen a million times before. Rebecca Miller even seems to know this, and makes it clear that Pippa is an unreliable narrator of her own past, that she may be movie-fying it up, and only remembering things how she wants to.Always cliche, but never trite, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee is delightful, funny, heartfelt, and is a must see for fans of fingerbanging everywhere.
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