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Running Time:
1 hour, 27 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for pervasive drug use, strong sexual content, nudity and language.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
Two fine performances by Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgewick and Guy Pierce as Andy Warhol can't save this superficial, dull film.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Commentary by director George Hickenlooper; Deleted scene with optional director's commentary; The Real Edie - An inside look at the life of Edie Sedgwick; Guy Pearce's video diary; Sienna Miller's Audition Tape; Making Factory Girl; Theatrical trailer; Language: English 5.11; Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish



Factory Girl
Focusing on the year or so in the mid-60's when Edie Sedgwick burned brightest and crashed most dramatically. Sienna Miller ("Alfie") plays Edie Sedgwick, a charming but deeply troubled California heiress whose quirky fashion sense, beauty, and innate glamour sparked the imagination of the artist Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce "LA Confidential"). Brought to "the Factory" by he friend Chuck Wein (Jimmy Fallon "Fever Pitch"), she quickly becomes a fixture at the studio. Her old boyfriend Syd (Shawn Hatosy "The Cooler") is now working with a famous musician (Hayden Christensen "Shattered Glass"), who catches Edie's eye. The problem is that Edie is caught up in Warhol's scene of drugs and vacuous glamour, while the musician tries to open her eyes to the larger world around her. As she spirals deeper and deeper into drug addiction, her Factory friends and disapproving family abandon her to her fate.

Sienna Miller bears an uncanny resemblance to Sedgwick and gives a striking, emotionally raw performance using every inch of her body, which is often totally nude. There's even a ludicrous soft-porn sex scene. But somehow she doesn't totally catch her intriguing spark. She's just an unlikeable victim, torn apart by disloyal friends, cruel lovers and terrible addictions. It's impossible to care much about her, which is also true of all the other characters.

Guy Pearce is the most intriguing presence, devouring everyone in his path. But there's not much more to him than that. Hayden Christensen nicely portrays his version of Bob Dylan, although the script is careful never to name him.

The documentary filmmaker George Hickenlooper ("The Mayor of Sunset Strip") manages to capture much of the texture of Warhol's Factory, but despite the impeccable detail, it's all surface imagery. The script never really defines the characters, and as a result the cast is never able to bring them to life.

What should have been a clever and relevant look at the it-girl phenomenon becomes instead a superficial, pointless and surprisingly dull. It may be only in the documentary clips during the closing credits that the film ever comes to life.






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