Factory Girl

Factory Girl

DVD - 2007
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Edie Sedgwick, a beautiful, wealthy young party girl, drops out of Radcliffe in 1965 and heads to New York to become Holly Golightly. When she meets a hungry young artist named Andy Warhol, he promises to make her the star she always wanted to be. And like a super nova she explodes on the New York scene only to find herself slowly lose grip on reality.

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Nursebob
Nov 02, 2018

Messy and disjointed—much like its subject, apparently—George Hickenlooper’s psychedelic acid-tinged bio tracing the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick may be factually suspect but it still makes for some fascinating cinema. Told in flashbacks from a California halfway house Sedgwick is presented as the archetypal poor little rich girl, surviving abuse and neglect at the hands of her WASP parents only to find exploitation and a moral vacuum amid Manhattan’s “beautiful people”. Flipping from B&W to colours that waver between dirty realism and drug-addled kaleidoscope, Hickenlooper certainly captures something of the beatnik zeitgeist—the bold make-up, dangling accessories, and mod threads all bolstered by an awesome soundtrack. But it’s a veneer of glittering non-conformity barely hiding the despair and emptiness beneath, a paradox perfectly captured by Guy Pearce’s portrayal of Andy Warhol as a man compensating for his own perceived shortcomings through disengagement and cruel cynicism. Hayden Christensen, on the other hand, produces a nasally-voiced caricature of Bob Dylan sporting the harmonica and leather jacket but dispensing little more than vapid platitudes about being “real” and “true”. And why they chose Jimmy Fallon to play Sedgwick’s confidante-cum-social pimp is anyone’s guess. In the end it’s Sienna Miller who outshines everyone playing a terribly needy, terribly lonely young woman who had it all only to lose it in a whirl of narcotics and manic abandon.

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greatflicks
Oct 30, 2017

Dumb stupid movie with bad acting. I watched it for 30 minuets and turned it off.

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Mooseum
Sep 16, 2016

A Hollywood look at Andy Warhol and Edie Sedwick, with Bob Dylan thrown in. Who cast Guy Pierce as Andy Warhol? Sheesh.

FER385 Jan 11, 2015

I loved this film! This transported me right back in time to those days when NYC was a great place to be. I can't stand Jimmy Fallon, but I didn't even mind him in this case, because everyone else was so good (and he didn't have the opportunity to say/keep repeating "awesome" or "like" or "essentially" as he does in this life, because people didn't speak like that in the 60's, so the script reflected that, thank god!!!) The costumes, make up, and the sets were so accurate...The Factory set looked exactly as it did in real life, back in those great days that I miss so much, before this once great city was sanitized, Disneyfied, and ruined by Bloomberg, most of all.

kevfarley Jun 27, 2012

Intresting Culture-War history. And very well acted characterizations of two major players.

LittleLady2011 Apr 26, 2012

To be honest we got this movie to see Jimmy Fallon, but found a real gem in Edie Sedgwick. A real sad story that sheds light on the Factory and how AW actually used and treated his inner circle. AW work is wonderful, but I kind of lost some respect for him.

aaa5756 Apr 09, 2012

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box.

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bstudent
Feb 11, 2012

this seemed to depict a period in time where children were growing up w/little to believe from their parents and taking their own risks, throw in drugs and popular clicks of the affluent w/a constantly rechurning of younger youth coming up to take their place and you have one spot in life at this time and it's NY.

A good movie, drama.

rocknrollphilip Jan 03, 2012

If the film had been a character study of ONLY the two leads, this could have been EXCELLENT. The soundtrack, though unreleased, is STELLAR and, clearly, had much thought put into it!

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AndreaL
Jul 14, 2009

An incredible movie featuring two amazing actors as two of the most influential icons of the sixties. I absolutely loved it and it remains one of my favourite films thus far.

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