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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
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Cast

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 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

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

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

After reading the script, Kathryn Hahn was convinced that she had little chance of landing the lead. So she bought a plane ticket to New York City and took Tamara Jenkins out for dinner on a charm offensive. Despite an incident with a spilled glass of wine, it worked. 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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References Serpico (1973) See more »

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Not a comedy

Obviously a film about infertility is going to carry a weight, and that should be expected by the viewer. That being said, this was marketed on Netflix as a comedy, so the frustration by viewers who wanted a funny feel good movie is understandable. I did not go into this expecting a comedy, so I was not disappointed. I enjoyed Private Life. The aesthetic of Richard and Rachel's apartment and style was visually appealing, and I think the various moods of the story were conveyed well. Richard and Rachel, and every character, are flawed people, portrayed as such in what I consider a very accurate way. The seemingly endless loop and obsession Rachel has with getting pregnant was hard to watch because you can see her pain, and as a viewer you want to reach out to her and pull her away from the tunnel vision she has, not because of Kathryn's acting (which is superb as usual). Sadie's personality is grating at times, but that's because she is a real, dimensional person who has facets and flaws. The relationship between her and Richard and Rachel is what you're meant to focus on. The relationships between all characters is what drives the story. In the end, this is just a look into the lives of a couple who are struggling immensely with infertility. It's a snapshot of what their lives have become now. The ending scene, where they sit in an Applebee's several states over, waiting for a donor who will probably never show up (yet again) further drives this home. There's no happy ending or message in here. This is just a story that starts and ends in the middle. Don't watch this expecting gut busting laughs, or a happy ending, don't watch this if you "adore New York" and then complain that it takes place mostly in an apartment. This isn't about New York, it's about infertility


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