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Obvious Child

Rated R 83 min. 2014


This is the kind of underdog indie movie that just makes you feel glad all over. Glad that the people responsible made it. Glad that you saw it, and glad that other people will see it, too. Co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre in her feature film debut, it stars actress-comedian Jenny Slate as stand-up comic Donna Stern. Her boyfriend dumps her and after some rebound sex with a stranger she discovers she's pregnant. The rest of the film follows her decision to get an abortion. She doesn't take the decision lightly, and neither does the film. It's a set-up that could go wrong a million ways. It never does, thanks to sophisticated storytelling and rigorous emotional honesty. That rawness powers the film's humor as well. It may trade in dark irony and graphic sex jokes, but those are the surface gags. The really funny stuff—the laugh-until-it-hurts material—is just underneath.

Film Credits

Official Site: www.facebook.com/ObviousChild

Director: Gillian Robespierre

Writer: Gillian Robespierre

Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman, David Cross, Richard Kind, Polly Draper, Paul Briganti, Cindy Cheung and Stephen Singer


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