A warm story of a perfect woman to whom the whole world turns in doubt – for help, piece of advice, good word. And she is always there for them. Pippa Lee is a cartoon wife taken straight from a 1950’s tale. Married to a much older husband, happy, smiling and never complaining. The illusion cracks gradually when she meets the neighbour’s prodigal son, when she finds out about her sleepwalking and when it turns out that her husband is cheating on her. Double parallel narrative of Pippa telling her life story in between the plot points builds to a cohesive and full picture of a perfect wife who has a past. That past turns out to be extremely different from the life she is leading so the obvious question arises – how will it resolve.
Great colours, set design, costumes, a well balanced story and a feel good film.
It’s funny. It’s self conscious. It’s got good pace (until the second turning point where I felt it was getting too long). All set in LA, shot in California at few locations.
The opening sequence accompanied by the music sets the expectations in a great way and leads the audiences into the style and world witnessed.
There is a lot of heavy dialogues fantastically written and amazingly played where characters all talk at the same time which rarely works on screen – more often on stage in theatre if at all. It works here!
A great satire on a certain type of macho and on a certain type of husband species. Full blown comedy!
The young Emma Stone reminds me of the young Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver, but her voice reminds me of Janis Joplin.
Ryan Gosling’s got talent (and a sixpack)…
It’s a good laugh and definitely not a waste of time – perfect for a Sunday afternoon like today… and hey! I bet you will not have guessed the biggest surprise of the film!