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Obvious Child

Obvious Child


Rated R · 83 minutes · 2014

Comedy, Drama
Spoiler alert: This flippant New York comedy ends with a trip to the local abortion clinic that's presented with no more gravity or introspection than a dentist's appointment, and what begins as a charming romantic comedy turns into a political statement almost in spite of itself. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, the movie is a great showcase for the clever TV comedian Jenny Slate, playing a young stand-up comic unlucky in love; dumped by her boyfriend, she hooks up with a cute business student but before long discovers that she's pregnant. Like most stand-ups nowadays, the heroine can't seem to come up with any material that doesn't involve bodily functions; she never goes near the subject of motherhood, which proves that the filmmakers are scared to death of their own story.
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Director: Gillian Robespierre
Producer: Elisabeth Holm, Julia Godzinskaya, David Kaplan, Stefan Nowicki, Gillian Robespierre, Michael Sackler, Jenny Slate, Brent Stiefel and Sophie Vickers
Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, Gabe Liedman, Polly Draper, Richard Kind, David Cross, Paul Briganti, Cindy Cheung and Stephen Singer

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