‘Obvious Child’ Review: A Charming Romantic Comedy About Abortion

Fri, June 6, 2014 6:28pm EDT by 8 Comments
Obvious Child Movie Review
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‘Obvious Child’ opens in U.S. theaters on June 6, and it is the most warm and hilarious story that can possibly be told about abortion.

Obvious Child, starring ex-SNL cast member Jenny Slate, is a must-see for women everywhere. Jenna plays Donna Stern, a Brooklyn comedian who has just been “dumped up with” by her longtime boyfriend who had been cheating on her with her best friend. In a one night stand with Max (Jake Lacy), she figures out that she’s pregnant after realizing that she only remembers seeing the condom, but not exactly what it did. Full, enthusiastic review below!

‘Obvious Child’ Movie Review: A Warm And Hilarious Romantic Comedy About Abortion

First of all, I must admit my bias: I’ve been obsessed with Jenny Slate ever since her brief appearance on SNL from 2009-2010, and with Gabe Liedman — who plays Donna’s best friend Joey — ever since their joint “Besties x Besties” video (which is hilarious, and which can be found here), and listening to his stand-up album Hiyeeee!!. Jake Lacy, too, has my heart for playing Jim Halpert 2.0 (or “Plop,” or, fine, Pete) on The Office.

I could not have gone into the film with higher expectations, and yet every single one of them were met.

There hasn’t been — at least not in my memory — a movie which has navigated the tricky subject of abortion so deftly. It’s so important for women to hear a story about abortion that isn’t a horror story, nor one in which it’s decided that yes, after all, the woman will keep the baby because she loves the father she’s just met so very much.

Mistakes happen, and women need to have choices. Donna makes hers, and the people in her life support her and love her for it, and I can’t overstate the fact that all women — and men — need to see this movie. It’s important for women to have proper representation in their media, for them to be able to watch a romantic comedy that places a woman in control of her own destiny.

‘Obvious Child’ Movie Review: Jenny Slate Is A Fantastic Dramatic Actress

That said, this was a fantastic starring role for Jenny Slate, who handles the inevitable dramatic turns of the film so well that you’ll be crying real tears one minute after laughing hysterically.

Rounding out the cast is Gabby Hoffman, who plays her roommate and good friend Nellie, who has been in Donna’s place before. Nellie acts as a calming voice of reason, and a feminist who, at one point, goes on a rant about the patriarchy — so, obviously, she won my heart.

Richard Kind plays Donna’s father, and Polly Draper her mother; her parents are divorced, and while total opposites, they also support Donna in their own unique ways. Finally, David Cross makes a pretty stellar, brief appearance as Sam, a fellow comedian.

I can’t recommend enough that you go see this film immediately. A successful Kickstarter campaign got the film to Sundance, where it won the Red Crown Producer’s Award, and upon its wide release on June 6, it can be in front of your eyeballs right now.

WATCH The Trailer For Obvious Child:


So, HollywoodLifers, will you be checking out Obvious Child? Let me know! I clearly could not be more enthusiastic about it, obviously.

— Amanda Michelle Steiner

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