If you dont believe scandal sells, look at the casting of this movie
As Londons It Girl, model Sienna Miller was eager to play Andy Warhols beatnik chic muse Edie Sedgwick but it was felt she didnt have a big enough name. Yet as soon as she lured Jude Law away from his wife Sadie Frost and their children, Siennas star ascended. Within the framework of Edie narrating her life in retrospect, the story begins in 1964 as she arrives in Manhattan. The art student/socialite with sturdy financial connections – meets the androgynous pop artist Warhol (Guy Pearce), only to be devoured by his hedonistic, avant-garde scene and her own descent into addiction. Warhol discards Edie after she becomes involved with a musician who is supposed to be but, for legal purposes, is not called Bob Dylan (“Star Wars” Hayden Christensen), who allegedly wrote “Leopard-Skin Pillbox Hat” and “Just Like a Woman” for her.
When she goes through her trust fund, its a total shock. “How could I possibly be bankrupt?” Edie asks her financial advisor (Edward Herrmann). “My grandfather invented the elevator!” “Then,” he says, “you should be familiar with the concept of up and down.”
Written by Simon Monjack, Aaron Richard Golub and Captain Mauzner, and clumsily directed by George Hickenlooper, its the familiar, cliché-riddled show biz rise and fall with banal notes about substance abuse and the price of fame.
True, Sienna Miller looks like Edie but, as for that supposedly steamy sex scene with Hayden, the only heat comes from the fireplace behind them. On the Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, “Factory Girl” is a fleeting, superficial 5 and the end credits show photos of the actual Edie and people who actually knew her reminiscing about her.