The Private Lives of Pippa Lee
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee – DVD Review
At fifty, Pippa Lee positively glows with female serenity, the devoted wife of a brilliant publisher thirty years her senior, proud mother of successful twins and a lovely and adored friend and neighbor. But, when her husband spontaneously decides that they should leave New York for a retirement home as a “pre-emptive strike against decrepitude,” and has an affair with someone even younger than she is, Pippa finds her beatific persona unraveling in alarming ways. The truth is, the gracious woman of the present day has seen more than her fair share of the wild side. She has finally found love and security in a family of her own. And now, that cozy world, too, is in danger.
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee stars Robin Wright, who is no longer Wright Penn, and Alan Arkin, and Keanu Reaves and for that alone it’s going to get some attention because it’s a great cast. It focuses on a trophy wife of a very talented man and who she was before she met him. The problem is that you don’t really care particularly about the character. She sleep walks, but do we really care. She’s had a much more checkered past than her angelic visage would imply, but I think Robin Wright is not a good enough actress to bring this off so one star.