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Obvious Child

  • Starring: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann
  • Director: Gillian Robespierre
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Romance
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 84 min.

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly 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. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy, and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own. It’s allowing herself to accept the support and love of others. And be truly vulnerable. Never failing to find the comedy and humanity in each awkward situation she encounters, Donna finds out along the way what it means to be as brave in life as she is on stage

"A glorious jumping bean comedy that moves from the profane to the poignant in the blink of an eye."
- Xan Brooks, The Guardian
"Often scabrously funny in a post-Lena Dunham, post-Woody Allen New York comedy vein, and finds a star performance in the thoroughly unlikely personage of Jenny Slate."
- Andrew O'Hehir,
"Obvious Child is well-made and wickedly bold."
- James Rocchi, The Playlist
"The humor springs either from real-world recognition, as Robespierre and her co-writers go where others fear to tread, or in response to the cast’s lively, eccentrically lived-in characters."
- Peter Debruge, Variety
"The only agenda of this scruffy and urbane comedy, about a young comic contemplating abortion, is to be true and funny."
- Alonso Duralde, The Wrap
"It’s an indie film about abortion that comes snuggled in the broad strokes of a quirky relationship comedy. A grump might wonder when indie films got so soft, but I’m more intrigued by the inverse: Why aren’t more studio films this clever and winning and conversant in the same language as their audience?"
- Kimberley Jones, Austin Chronicle
"It's a well-written rom-com with rascally charm, a modest story of an awkward Brooklyn girl making a go of life. It's irreverent and rough around the edges with an imperfect protagonist, blue language, scatological humor and rambling confessional stand-up monologues, sometimes about bodily fluids. The laughs are frequent and ribald."
- Barbara VanDenburgh, Arizona Republic