Obvious Child is a brave film that discusses a controversial topic in a respectful, educated light, and Gillian Robespierre should be commended for her delicate yet powerful directorial touch. Donna (Jenny Slate) is an aspiring comedienne who finds herself suddenly single after her boyfriend cheats on her, unemployed from the job she’s held for years, and also knocked up from a one night stand. She knows that she is not prepared to raise a child, and isn’t in a stable situation to provide the care a baby needs. This is where the film becomes controversial. She decides to abort the baby, and the film follows her in the days leading up to the abortion.
The acting is great, and Jenny Slate is both relatable and often funny as Donna. Jake Lacey is adorable as Max, the man who accidentally impregnates her, and Polly Draper is a delight as her stern yet loving mother.
The story is handled with care and delicacy, but it WILL cause some people to be uncomfortable or downright angry. This film is heavily pro-choice, and for some viewers, this will be a huge turn-off. Personally, I found Obvious Child to be a respectful look at something that every woman should have the right to decide for themselves.
One thing that dulled the movie for me was the humor. It’s difficult to make me laugh, and even though this film made me chuckle more than a few times, some of the quips didn’t stick the landing for me. Also, the end of the film felt abrupt to me.
Overall, I enjoyed Obvious Child and commend the cast and director for having the balls to address such a difficult, controversial topic with delicacy and respect.
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