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Private Life (2018)

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An author is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband on edge.

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Tamara Jenkins

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Tamara Jenkins
1 win & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathryn Hahn ... Rachel Biegler
Paul Giamatti ... Richard Grimes
Gabrielle Reid ... Clinic Nurse #1
Amy Russ ... Admitting Nurse #1
Caroline Martin ... Clinic Nurse #2
Nick Sullivan ... Anesthesiologist
Hettienne Park ... Female Doctor
Denis O'Hare ... Dr. Dordick
Molly Shannon ... Cynthia Grimes
John Carroll Lynch ... Charlie Grimes
Emily Robinson ... Charlotte Grimes
Kayli Carter ... Sadie Barrett
Alyssa Cheatham ... Caroline's Older Daughter
Leah Griffin ... Caroline's Younger Daughter
Tracee Chimo Pallero ... Caroline (as Tracee Chimo)
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Storyline

Richard and Rachel, a couple in the throes of infertility, try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the weird world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. When their doctor suggests third party reproduction, they bristle. But when Sadie, a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, they reconsider.

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, some graphic nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This is Tamara Jenkins' first film since her Oscar-nominated The Savages (2007) 11 years previously. She had spent the time as a writer for hire, teacher and being a new mother. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Rachel Biegler: Remember what Marty said?
Richard Grimes: Ugh.
Rachel Biegler: "Having a baby is an immoral act."
Richard Grimes: Marty's an idiot.
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Connections

References Drugstore Cowboy (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

French Suite No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 813: V. Menuett
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Glenn Gould
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

 
Top notch character dramedy
7 October 2018 | by Alexander_BlanchettSee all my reviews

An interesting portrait of a couple who tries everything to fulfill their dream and become parents but forgetting what their relationship is all about in the process. A very personal film that handles about a very personal topic, wonderfully put in scene and written by Tamara Jenkins who finally presents us a follow up project after "The Savages" and it is just as realistic and natural. To make a rather sad and to some extends tragic story a dramedy thanks to very well chosen comedic moments was the right decision. She found two great actors who both know how to do drama and comedy and the mix of that. Paul Giamatti absolutely shines and gives one of his best performances in ages. The quality of his performance goes back to his "Sideways" days. Kathryn Hahn once again proves her talent as one of the most underrated versatile actresses of her generation. Glad she got to show her acting powers in such a juicey role. John Caroll Lynch also gets to show that he not only can plays psychopaths and losers. Molly Shannon is wonderful in a supporting role and commands every scene she is in. Another great performance by another great and underrated actress.Kayli Carter is a great new discovery and she will go places. An intimate portrait of a marriage that is put to a test. Absolutely recommendable.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Life See more »

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Likely Story, Netflix See more »
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1.85 : 1
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