Autumn 2014 Features series
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 4:00pm
Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 7:00pm
Directed by Gillian Robespierre
Screenplay by Elisabeth Holm (story), Karen Maine (story), and Gillian Robespierre
Starring Gaby Hoffmann, Jake Lacy, and Jenny Slate
Rated 14A ·
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 is not facing it all on her own. It is 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.
Anchored by a breakout performance from Jenny Slate, Obvious Child is a winning discovery, packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant human honesty. Writer/Director Gillian Robespierre handles the topic of Donna’s unwanted pregnancy with a refreshing matter-of-factness rarely seen onscreen. And with Donna, Slate and Robespierre have crafted a character for the ages―a female audiences will recognize, cheer for, and love.
“Raunchy humor laced with gradually revealed vulnerability makes for a winning combination in Obvious Child, a wildly funny and appealing female-centric comedy that launches very promising talent on both sides of the camera.” (Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter)
“Leavened by an attractive soundtrack that includes the Carter Family’s well-placed Single Girl, Married Girl (and the Paul Simon song that gives the film its title), Obvious Child has a loud agenda that will be off-putting to some. Still, it’s a welcome counterpoint to the likes of Knocked Up and even Juno, where the abortion route is an apparent no-go.” (Tomris Laffly, Time Out New York)
“A glorious jumping bean comedy that moves from the profane to the poignant in the blink of an eye.” (Xan Brooks, The Guardian)