Factory Girl fails, instead, because it rests upon such a superficial script.  The story never delves beneath the surface to explore why Warhol was the way he was.  And, while Edie’s problems are alluded to, they are never dealt with other than in the most trite way.  These two characters, however, are positively profound compared to the rest of the cast, which are given little motivation or depth.

It’s Christensen’s character, ironically, who acts as the lone prophet of the film—yet he’s a hard-drinking rocker who used Edie and also struggled with addiction and the lure of fame.  (Bob Dylan reportedly threatened to sue the film’s producers, should they portray him in a negative light—hence, the character is not named as Dylan.) So, even the dangers of drugs and alcohol are glossed over.  Where’s the meaning?  Where’s the message?  This film has none, save perhaps “Be wary of Warhols.”

Factory Girl therefore amounts to little more than a grim but clichéd story without morality.  Like Warhol’s art, it seems to be a mere reflection of that which has been done before—all in the name of “art,” of course.

AUDIENCE:  Adults only

DVD EXTRAS:

  • 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 of Factory Girl
  • Factory Girl on the red carpet
  • Theatrical Trailer

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Drinking, smoking and drunkenness throughout film; numerous scenes depicting drug use and addiction, including a fatal overdose.
  • Language/Profanity:  Numerous profanities, obscenities and lewd slang (many strong) throughout film.
  • Sexual Content/Nudity:  Numerous references (usually lewd) to genitalia and sex acts, including homosexual; multiple scenes with extended shots of upper female nudity and rear male and female nudity; various shots of sex acts that include nudity
  • Violence:  None.