The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

2009 R 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Private Lives of Pippa Lee

2009 R 1h 37m Blu-ray / DVD
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When her husband, who's 30 years her senior, relocates the family to a retirement community, flawless wife and mother Pippa Lee slides toward a nervous breakdown as she reflects on her tumultuous past and befriends her neighbor's enigmatic son.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS 5.1 Surround
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
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age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that although this indie drama features Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, it's not age-appropriate for tweens and younger teens. The subject matter gets pretty intense -- the movie explores everything from drug addiction to neglectful parenting to infidelity and suicide -- and could easily overwhelm younger viewers (assuming they're even interested). There's some swearing (including "f--k") and scenes of characters tripping on various substances. Sexuality includes a teen posing for bondage photos and having sex with an older, married man (though nothing graphic is shown on screen).

Sexual Content

A teenager poses for bondage photos; later, she goes on a promiscuous streak, which ends when she takes up with a much older married man. They're shown lounging on a couch, after sex, with her completely naked (though no breasts or genitals are visible) lying atop him (he's dressed). A man is caught with his wife's friend; though the audience doesn't see anything, it's implied. A married woman makes out with a neighbor.


A woman battles loudly with her unstable, drug-addled mother. A woman places a gun in her mouth in a public act of self-destruction.


Everything from "a--hole" to "f--k up."

Social Behavior

Though confirming that being a wife and mother is rewarding, the film also says that it's important to recognize your own worth and needs. But many characters appear to do the opposite, serving only their own desires and treading on others.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking during social occasions -- primarily dinner parties. A teenager is shown imbibing at a different event. A mother pops Dexedrine all day to stay slim and get through her day; later, her daughter takes a bunch of pills to shock her mom into quitting.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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