Comedy movies have mined a lot of materials out of one night stands and pregnancy (Knocked Up, Juno). Obvious Child approaches the same subject matter but looks at what happens when the girl decides she’s not ready to be a mother.
Dumped by her boyfriend, stand up comedienne Donna (Jenny Slate) has a one night stand with a guy named Max (Jake Lacy). A few weeks later she finds out she’s pregnant. Unready to be a mother she decides to have an abortion, all the while trying to work out her feelings for Max who suddenly reappears into her life.
Whether you’re willing to watch this film will probably depend on your view of the subject matter of abortion, and even if you’re pro-choice you may still find the idea of a comedy about abortion a bit distasteful. Which is fair enough. For me I admire writer/director Gillian Robespierre willing to be different and taking on a difficult subject. I also felt she wasn’t trying to judge her main character or try to say this is what everyone in this situation should do, she just goes through Donna’s journey and whats right for her.
Jenny Slate manages to be funny and likeable as Donna. She is a flawed character and doesn’t have everything, or anything, sorted in her life. It’s good to see a film which allows the female character to be complicated. Max is also rather sweet if not as well-developed as Donna is.
As you can imagine there is plenty of dark humour involved, such as Donna’s realisation that her abortion is scheduled for Valentine’s Day. Still like I said this is not going to be for everyone, so if you’re sensitive about the subject it’s probably not for you.
Rating 3.5/5 – good for those looking for a different kind of rom-com