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Factory Girl

George Hickenlooper



Factory Girl
Directed by: George Hickenlooper
(The Weinstein Company)
When Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller) first meets Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce) in the biopic Factory Girl, Warhol asks the socialite to appear in one of his movies. Sedgwick tells him to contact her friend to arrange the appearance. “You’re the boss, applesauce,” he replies. The same line’s used again later on as a tearful recrimination. One can only assume that the repetition of the silly line is intended to develop character and create dramatic tension. Instead, the film becomes unintentionally hilarious. Sedgwick was an artist/actress who briefly found fame in the ’60s as a fixture at Warhol’s studio/party mecca, the Factory. She was famous for being a celebrity, and the film’s theoretically intended to help us get to know the lady behind the often-photographed image. To that effect, director Hickenlooper stuffs the film with sordid revelations about Sedgwick’s life, and shows us a seemingly unsimulated sex scene between Sedgwick and “Billy Quinn” (Hayden Christensen, appearing as an obvious Bob Dylan stand-in). But Hickenlooper has confused telling us intimate things about Sedgwick with portraying her intimately. The film’s a mess of jarring quick-cut montages, empty dialogue and trite caricatures. Still want to rent it? You’re the boss, applesauce.
Lindsay McCarney

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