Private Life ★★★½

2018 Ranked

It's basically impossible to determine how Private Life didn't receive the kind of recognition it deserves, but for some reason, this was dumped on Netflix without the necessary buzz and while the people who did actually watch it generally liked it a lot and appreciated it for what it is, this still doesn't rank as one of the films of 2018 which people continue to seek out.

Obviously, the target group of Tamara Jenkins' film is a rather small one - a film about a married couple tackling several impregnation methods in order to escape the throes of infertility will never reach a wide audience, but it's important to note that even if the subject is far away from anything you might ever experience yourself, you will learn a lot from watching Paul Giamatti and Kathryn Hahn's on-screen characters struggle with their relationship in the light of their countless problems. If you're in a relationship, this film will surprise you with how educating it is. Also, Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti are wonderful, as could only have been expected.

Now, I really need to check out Tamara Jenkins' other two films, Slums of Beverly Hills and The Savages.

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