Private Life is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Tamara Jenkins.

Official trailers

Netflix on Thursday, September 13, 2018 released the trailer:
Private Life | Official Trailer | Netflix.

Story intro

Richard (Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) are a childless middle-aged couple desperately trying to have a child. After multiple failed attempts at artificial insemination they attempt in vitro fertilisation where they learn that Richard has a blockage that is not letting him produce sperm forcing him to choose a quick surgery and go $10,000 dollars in debt to his brother Charlie and Charlie's wife Cynthia. At the same time they are also attempting to adopt a child after having previously being matched with a pregnant teenager from Little Rock who was looking to give up her child and then stopped contacting them. After the IVF fails their doctor floats the idea of using a donor egg to inseminate Rachel which would raise their chances of success from 4 to 65 percent. Rachel is initially against the idea, but slowly begins to contemplate it with Richard's encouragement. Cynthia's 25-year-old daughter, Sadie, meanwhile decides to leave her college writing program to finish in absentia and go live with Richard and Rachel, with whom she is already very close. Rachel, who struggled with the idea of an unknown egg donor, decides that she wants to ask Sadie for her eggs. To their surprise Sadie quickly agrees, both because she loves Richard and Rachel and because she thinks the egg donation will bring meaning to her life. Sadie informs her mother she will be donating her egg during Thanksgiving, much to her mother's displeasure. Despite the fact that Richard and Rachel tell Cynthia they will not go through with the donation without her consent, they decide to go through with pre-screening.


Kathryn Hahn
Rachel Biegler
Paul Giamatti
Richard Grimes
Kayli Carter
Sadie Barrett
Molly Shannon
Cynthia Grimes
Denis O'Hare
Dr. Dordick
Emily Robinson
Charlotte Grimes
John Carroll Lynch
Charlie Grimes
Desmin Borges
Francesca Root-Dodson
Siobhan Fallon Hogan


The film Private Life was scheduled to be released on January 18, 2018 (Sundance) and on October 5, 2018 (United States) by Netflix.

The duration of the film is 123 minutes.

The film had received a "R" rating.


Private Life got high rating from critics. The audience also likes the film.

External links

Wikipedia: Private Life (2018 film)

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