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Obvious Child (2014)

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A twenty-something comedienne's unplanned pregnancy forces her to confront the realities of independent womanhood for the first time.

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Gillian Robespierre (screenplay by), Karen Maine (story) | 6 more credits »
10 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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Jenny Slate ... Donna Stern
Paul Briganti ... Ryan
Gaby Hoffmann ... Nellie
Stephen Singer ... Gene
Richard Kind ... Jacob
Polly Draper ... Nancy Stern
Gabe Liedman ... Joey
Jake Lacy ... Max
Cindy Cheung ... Dr. Bernard
Ernest Mingione ... Waiter
Cyrus McQueen Cyrus McQueen ... Stand-Up
David Cross ... Sam
Maciek Jasik Maciek Jasik ... Cabbie
Jennifer Kim ... Female
Suzanne Lenz ... Female #2
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Storyline

For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna winds up unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, she is forced to face the uncomfortable realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Donna's drunken hookup - and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment - turns out to be the beginning of an unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Written by A24 Films

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Entre Risos e Lágrimas See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,315, 8 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,122,616, 3 October 2014
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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film was shot using Christopher Teague's personal Red Starlett MX camera. See more »

Quotes

Donna Stern: I remember seeing a condom; I just don't know exactly what it did.
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Connections

Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.92 (2014) See more »

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Common Crime
Written by Michael Friedrich
Performed by Rarechild
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Obvious Child
24 January 2015 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

I hated Jenny Slate when she incorporated herself to the cast of Saturday Night Live in 2009. I deeply disliked her style and attitude, and I didn't even notice when she left the programme one year later (it is said that producer Lorne Michaels never forgave her for saying the "F" word during her first sketch). However, during the following years, my opinion about this comedienne changed very much, because I saw her flourish in supporting roles or as a guest actress in TV series such as Married and Parks and Recreation, in which she stole her scenes and left me wishing to see her starring in some project which would take advantage of her talent. And well, that project has finally come in the shape of the film Obvious Child, quite an interesting romantic comedy/drama about the abortion. It would seem difficult and even tasteless to find humor in that subject, but the screenplay takes the premise seriously and doesn't trivialize it for the sake of humor; on the opposite, the comedy naturally flows through the contradictory emotions generated by the main character's situation. Slate brings a brilliant performance in the leading role, and the rest of the cast also makes a solid work, highlighting Gaby Hoffman and David Cross. In conclusion, I can recommend Obvious Child as an incisive film, which, despite not being something brilliant, entertains and offers sincere emotions.


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