Sienna Miller plays Edie Sedgwick, the damaged-goods socialite with a million-dollar smile who became a sudden celeb in the '60s when she started hanging with Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce) and dating Bob Dylan (Hayden Christensen). The movie chronicles her drug-fueled adventures in New York and eventual demise at an early age.
Big question: Can "Factory Girl" live up to the many controversies it has caused, among them the question of whether Miller and Christensen had actual sex onscreen and Dylan, who isn't actually named in the movie, suing the filmmakers for defamation?
Skip it: As posh and empty as Sedgwick's brief dance with fame, "Factory Girl" lets Miller shine but fails to embody Sedgwick's mystique that spread to everyone she met. She mostly just seems like an irresponsible girl without any real dreams, who blew all her money and only wound up in rehab when she couldn't pay her rent anymore. Nice reminder to watch your spending, though.
Catch it: If you wish you lived an avant-garde lifestyle like Warhol in which strangers randomly appear at your apartment riding tricycles in thongs. In case that doesn't happen at your place now.
Bottom line: While the credits roll, the people who knew the real Sedgwick share their memories of her spirit, her skills and her failings. Throughout "Factory Girl," you'll wish more of that verve and complexity made it into the movie. As for the Dylan issue, the movie doesn't do him wrong; what's wrong is that the miscast Christensen just looks like someone dressing up as the iconic singer for Halloween.
Bonus: Just in time for Lincoln's birthday on Feb. 12, Cary Elwes turns up in a small role requiring him to sport a full-on Honest Abe chinstrap. Facial hair has never been so timely! Also timely is this Valentine's Day gift idea, as Warhol gives Sedgwick 50 bucks in a big red bow. It's the thought that counts!
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
Directed by George Hickenlooper; written by Captain Mauzner; photographed by Michael Grady; edited by Dana E. Glauberman, Michael Levine; production designed by Jeremy Reed; music by Edward Shearmur; produced by Holly Wiersma, Aaron Richard Golub. A Weinstein Company/Metro Goldwyn Mayer release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:27. MPAA rating: R (for pervasive drug use, strong sexual content, nudity and language).
Edie Sedgwick - Sienna Miller
Andy Warhol - Guy Pearce
Musician - Hayden Christensen
Chuck Wein - Jimmy Fallon
Diana Vreeland - Illeana Douglas
James Townsend - Edward Herrmann
Gerard Malanga - Jack Huston
Richie Berlin - Mena Suvari
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