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Obvious Child

Obvious Child
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  • This film played during the 2014 Florida Film Festival
  • Directed by: Gillian Robespierre
  • USA, 2013, 83 minutes
  • In English

Based on the 2009 short of the same name, OBVIOUS CHILD takes on the controversial topic of abortion as part of its story yet somehow manages to be as charming, humorous, and irresistible as any indie romantic comedy in recent memory. Saturday Night Live veteran Jenny Slate plays Donna Stern, a 27-year-old, Jewish, Brooklyn bookstore clerk by day and aspiring and affably lewd comedian by night who struggles to keep her spirits up, on and off the stage, after a traumatizing break-up. Turning to alcohol to drown her sorrows, Donna performs a depressing set of break-up vengeance and Holocaust jokes, and then has a one-night stand with a nice WASPy guy named Max (Jake Lacy, TV’s The Office). A few weeks later, she finds herself facing an unexpected pregnancy. Filmmaker Gillian Robespierre has crafted an honest look at abortion, which is funny and frank without being negligent of the emotional weight that comes with such a harrowing choice. And Slate is absolutely terrific here—adorable and hilarious and genuine—in a breakthrough performance that is nicely supported by Gaby Hoffman, Richard Kind, Polly Draper, and David Cross.  

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