Obvious Child (2014)
Running Time: 84 minutes
Directed & Written by: Gillian Robespierre
Starring: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, David Cross
Obvious Child is an indie rom-com follows a twenty-something aspiring comedian, Donna Stern (Slate) who is unapologetically herself as she jokes about intimate topics such as her sex life. But when Donna ends up unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, she is forced to face her reality of soon-to-be-out-of-a-job, and independent womanhood.
An honest film that does not shy away from a sensitive topic on abortion, Obvious Child turns out to be wildly funny and endearing. Jenny Slate embodied the character perfectly – Donna who seems to be somewhat lost when she is hit with a whirlwind that is a pregnancy. With a great supporting cast, the film was a joy and heartbreak to watch as Donna tries to figure out her way around her love life and life itself. Gillian Robespierre did a great job with this directorial debut and for crafting such a witty, honest and smart story.
Overall, Obvious Child is an indie gem that does not fail to make you laugh and shed a tear as you’re reminded of the time in your life when you feel aimless and a bit lost.
Rating: 7 out of 10