Factory Girl (2007)

Starring: Sienna Miller, Hayden Christensen, Guy Pearce, Jimmy Fallon, Mena Suvari, Shawn Hatosy

Directed by: George Hickenlooper

R. 89 mins

What should have been an interesting examination of fame and the cult of celebrity is sadly a very shallow and pretentious bio-pic. Factory Girl charts Edie Sedgewick’s rise and fall – her relationship with Andy Warhol, New York, and fame. I want so badly to sympathize with these people but the script, performances, and flashy editing combine to make something that looks very pretty to cover up for all it’s flaws in depth and plotting. It’s hard to sympathize with all these misfits and the performances, though committed, verge on caricature. I think there was passion behind this project but unfortunately Miss Sedgewick’s life seems to have been used as a vehicle intended to entertain young hip art students who fantasize about the 60s and the misfits who dominated the headlines instead of truly illuminating us to Sedgewick as a human being. Like much of her buddy Warhol’s work, I am left wanting so badly to feel something but I just can’t – * 1/2

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