Bringing Up Baby (Film Thoughts: Private Life)

19143b091e0ee402a0be655c21aabf226dc611ddTamara Jenkins’ ‘Private Life’ centers on a couple, Rachel and Richard, played by Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti, who has been trying to have a child and has been trying to explore all their options for it. But for me, the film is more than that – it is a character study of a certain type of New Yorkers – artistic city folks who are trying to find meanings in their lives, probably trying to search for happiness just like everyone else in the world. The movie is more an observation of manners, and int hat case it was interesting to watch also because of the authentic performances from both lead actors (Hahn is a force of nature)

But beyond that, the subject matter here bored me to tears. Maybe I just don’t have that ‘parent gene’ that would make me obsess o wanting to have a child. I may belong to that school of people who would just give up after exhausting a couple of tries. I saw myself saying ‘Enough Already’ after seeing these characters go through disappointments after disappointments. I got tired of them after a while that I stopped caring about the characters. But obviously that is a more personal reaction to the film, which is not an indication of its quality. Or maybe it’s a testament of it – it is so real that I reacted this way. But all in all, I respected this movie and what it is trying to say. In the end, it just doesn’t speak to me.

The Flower Is The Thing (Movie Thoughts: Flower)

flo‘Flower’ is one of those movies that I both like and hate. I like it because it is a wisecracking Indie movie, and tells a story inventively. It stars Zoe Dutch (mark my words, a star in the making) is Erica, a teenager who has the sweet face of a young Tea Leoni but a mouth like a sailor. She and her friends like to pal around and frame corrupt cops by having Erica give them oral pleasures while filming them, then blackmailing them for money. But Erica has a goal for that money, which is to bail out his father. She also has a nice friend-type relationship with her mother (Kathryn Hahn) but that relationship goes sour when she has her boyfriend and his son move in. The son is weird – he just got out of rehab and Erica has to babysit him.

I didn’t like these characters one bit, and when they start doing bad things, I begin to like them less. But I have to admit that even as I say I do not like these characters, I am not able to take my eyes off them as the film progresses. The last part of the film made me cringe, and I thought the ending was kind of wimpy compared to the big set-up. Max Wrinkler, the director, has an eye for something, and his next film I bet will be better than this one.