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3.3
752 Ratings

Obvious Child

Directed by Gillian Robespierre
United States, 2014
Comedy, Romance

Synopsis

An honest comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern gets dumped, fired, and pregnant, just in time for the worst/best Valentine’s Day of her life.

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Obvious Child Directed by Gillian Robespierre

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2014 | Winner: Red Crown Producer's Award

Independent Spirit Awards

2015 | 2 nominations including: Best First Feature

…Obvious Child boldly flips the script, at times confronting the audience with the extent of its lead’s insecurities and self-sabotaging tendencies. While lesser actors would be lost in a sea of quirks, Jenny Slate consistently integrating her character’s idiosyncrasies into a complex portrait of twentysomething maturation.
November 30, 2014
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Obvious Child was far more complex [than other recent stories about white female New Yorkers in their twenties], and her story was pretty relatable to me—but that’s probably because I’ve lived what she’s lived… I didn’t have a choice—I couldn’t keep [my baby], no matter how much I wanted to. I think that lack of choice was something really well articulated in Obvious Child. Donna doesn’t think twice, which is really relatable as a woman who had been in that place.
August 21, 2014
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As far as filmmaking and storytelling goes, there is no denying the fact that Obvious Child is important—vital, even. Not only is there the refreshing subversion of rom-com conventions, but obviously there is Donna’s (Jenny Slate) ultimate decision to get an abortion. But the real revolution for me was not merely in her “right to choose,” but her right to have complex and often contradictory feelings about that choice, with no judgment and no after-school-special melodrama.
August 21, 2014
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