Jenny Slate gives a breakthrough performance in an authentic romantic comedy that touches on the daring topic of abortion.
Brilliantly written/directed by Gillian Robespierre and based on her feature short from 2009, Obvious Child tells the story of, Donna (Slate), a twenty-something stand-up comic who seems to be perfectly content with her life. But after her boyfriend dumps her to be with one of her “good” friends, she learns that when it rains, it pours. Within a week she has not only lost the man in her life, but also her job. So like any woman who is going through an emotional crisis, she decides to indulge in a careless night of drinking. That night she meets Max (Jake Lacy), a straight-laced honest to God good guy. They engage in a one-night stand that was never meant to be anything more. However, three weeks later Donna discovers she is pregnant and plans to get an abortion. But she is conflicted when Max reappears in her life and wants nothing more than to take her out on a “proper date.”
Though Obvious Child deals with a sensitive subject that most people have strong opinions on, it is important to understand that there is so much more to this story. It’s about finally facing the reality of being independent for the first time. Donna must make tough decisions that she would otherwise avoid. Like the film quote says “creative energy can sometimes come at the lowest point your life.” Regardless of the circumstances, audiences can relate to this film when remembering a dark time that forced you to start over.
Slate is best known for SNL, Parks and Rec, and many more comedic roles. Once audiences watch this film, Jenny Slate will be remembered for this incredible, uplifting performance that will make you laugh and ache. She shares a refreshing on-screen chemistry with Jake Lacy, as the two portray a awkwardly genuine relationship.
Donna doesn’t go through her troubles alone. She is supported by loving friends and family that chime in with advice and counsel. She has her English professor mother (Polly Draper), her puppeteer father (Richard Kind), and her best friend/roommate (Gaby Hoffman).
This story is not meant to offend anyone and it doesn’t try to change your beliefs on the topic at hand. The film just shows the point of view of a woman who solely handles the decisions of a serious situation in a light manner. I highly recommend this movie, as it is my favorite of the year so far. Obvious Child is smart, witty, hilarious, and unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Obvious Child hits select theaters June 20.
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