“Personal Life” provides us an intrusive and sometimes funny look into a pair’s battle to conceive. If solely director Tamara Jenkins’ dramedy stayed as grounded as its relatable premise.
“Fertility junkies” is what mates name Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti). The married New Yorkers, who’re respectively 41 and 47, have tried for years to get pregnant, but have been stymied by sperm and egg troubles.
They’re fixtures at native clinics and drop 1000’s on experimental therapies. These hospital bits are a scream. When Richard tries to, um, ship his specimen, the TV distant management breaks and the porn on-screen blares at full quantity. Giamatti’s response is hilarious.
All else having failed, they ask their 25-year-old non-biological niece Sadie (Kayli Carter) for one in all her eggs. That’s when things get too weird.
Whereas the request from the determined, wannabe mother and father is definitely plausible, what you don’t purchase is the best way Sadie is handled by them within the movie. She turns into a form of unusual, live-in lover minus the intercourse or romance. It’s creepy — and loses the viewers in the long run.