|Private Life is a bitter-sweet exploration of a marriage and two people’s struggles to conceive. I know from that description that you might assume that the movie would drag on, that it might not offer anything new to the thousands of characters that have struggled with those issues in many movies that came before this one. But this one is different, trust me. There’s a sharp wit to these characters who are very true to themselves.||2018 |
Directed by: Tamara Jenkins
Screenplay by: Tamara Jenkins
Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Paul Giamatti
Some of these characters (Kathryn Hahn’s Rachel and John Carroll Lynch’s Charlie) are very humanized – these are real people who you probably personally know. The rest of the characters are perfect mixes of people who you hope are only in movies but are probably real too. Richard, Rachel’s husband (played by Paul Giamatti), dutifully follows all the rules associated with the various fertility methods they try, but does not do so without complaining. Sister-in-law Cynthia (Molly Shannon) only shows up when she can pass judgement on other people’s actions. When she’s accused of being judgemental, she just amps up her judgement quotient for the day.
This movie was a joyful experience. Lots of laughs, very few tears, and a surprising amount of anxiety – that’s what happens you get emotionally-invested in hilariously flawed people.