Obvious Child 2014 R CC

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For aspiring comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her hysterical and relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear.

Starring:
Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffmann

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Obvious Child

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Genres Romance, Comedy
Director Gillian Robespierre
Starring Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffmann
Supporting actors Gaby Hoffmann, Gabe Liedman, David Cross, Richard Kind, Polly Draper, Paul Briganti, Cindy Cheung, Stephen Singer, Ramses Alexandre, Suzanne Lenz, Crystal Lonneberg, Cyrus McQueen, Ernest Mingione, Amy Novondo, Stacey Sargeant, Emily Tremaine, Julie Zimmer
Studio A24
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Travis Hopson on June 16, 2014
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"She's going to decide to keep the baby right at the end of the movie."

That's what a colleague whispered to me during writer/director Gillian Robespierre's endearing, important romantic comedy, Obvious Child, a film that has earned raves on the festival circuit. Much of the acclaim was targeted at the breakout performance of star Jenny Slate, a comedian/actress/writer with a raw, untamed comedic approach that has earned her tons of fans before, and is guaranteed to earn her more now. The reason I highlight my friend's premonition is because, despite the film's title, the charm of Obvious Child is that it doesn't go where anyone expects it to.

As budding New York stand-up comedienne Donna Stern (Slate) treats her audience to a series of filthy gags about her leaky vagina, it's clear this is not going to be some sweet and bubbly rom-com. Everything about Obvious Child, from the script to the performances, exudes honesty even when embracing conventional genre aspects. Stern is something of a mess at life but that makes for good material in her raunchy act. She gets a wealth of fresh material when a tsunami of crap crashes over her all at once; Donna's scumbag boyfriend cheats then dumps her; she loses her perfectly lazy job at the local book store; and then the rebound sex she has with nice-guy Max (Jake Lacy) results in a pregnancy. It's right here that we'd expect the film to book passage to Juno but in a novel twist, Donna decides to have an abortion. It's not treated as some wholly spectacular thing, which makes Robespierre's script all the more memorable and brave. Donna and her best friend Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann, playing normal for once), the latter experienced in such matters, have a discussion that is funny, frank, and sounds unrehearsed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 3, 2014
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"Obvious Child" (2014 release; 83 min.) brings the story of Donna (played by Jenny Slate). As the movie opens, Donna is doing stand-up comedy in a small joint in Brooklyn. After her gig, she is bumped by her boyfriend, confessing that he is sleeping with her good friend Katy. Donna is really in the dumps and by chance some time later runs into a nice guy, Max (played by Jake Lacy), who is "totally not my style", in Donna's words. Yet they hit it off and spend the night. Several weeks later, Donna finds out she's pregnant. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, this is the feature debut of writer-director Gillian Robespierre (based on her 2009 short film), and she brings an outstanding debut. Second, much has been made about the abortion aspects, but for me the angle that resonates much deeper is how the tentative relationship between Donna and Max may or may not succeed. In that sense, while there are some funny moments in the movie, this is much more of a bittersweet rom-com, more sweet than bitter for sure, but bitter nonetheless at times. Third, there are several noteworthy performances, none more so that Jenny Slate, best know for her work on SNL and other TV shows. She brings a break-through performance here, check out some key moments in the movie how she subtly reveals her true emotions. Last but certainly not least, if you wonder whether Paul Simon's "The Obvious Child" (which played prominently in the trailer) is in the movie, rest assured, it most definitely is.

"Obvious Child" just opened at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and I went to see it right away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Holmes on June 27, 2014
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Adrift and despairing after the abrupt end of a relationship, Donna, a standup comedian, has an unprotected one-night stand with an earnest stranger and later learns she is pregnant. Obvious Child, lifting its title from the 1990 Paul Simon song, charts her angst and self-exploration as she resolves to have an abortion and ponders whether to tell the father. This is a wonderful vehicle for star Jenny Slate, a comedienne known for her one-season involvement with Saturday Night Live, as well as peripheral roles in series such as Bob's Burgers and House of Lies. Anxious, lewd, self-doubting, sexy, and otherwise riveting, she sets the screen aflame, dispensing ace one-liners and memorable comic anecdotes while also revealing an interior depth of painful longing. She is a spitfire on par with Greta Gerwig. It is a performance as authentic as it is charming, and it definitely elevates this brief, minor-key film. Obvious Child is also set apart by its light, yet inquisitive and sensitive consideration of abortion. The female characters share conversations regarding the procedure, its history, whether they regret undergoing one, and so on and so forth. Of course, there are close-minded people who will react with rage toward any story of pregnancy which does entirely demonize or at least rapidly sidestep (hello, Knocked Up) the option of abortion, but I for one welcome a straightforward, non-sermonizing cinematic depiction of this most controversial facet of modern life. Others will, too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By anasazi bhakti on July 25, 2014
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Fantastic movie that everyone should see. Jenny Slate and Jake Lacey were a delight to watch
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