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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.


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

29 August 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Entre Risos e Lágrimas See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,315, 8 June 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,122,616, 3 October 2014
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by Skidmore College Orchestra
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A Comedy that Unashamedly Addresses real Life Issues with a Walk Down Memory Lane Moment in there for Everyone
24 January 2015 | by theSachaHallSee all my reviews

When asked about my 20s, I tell people it's a decade-long roller-coaster of mayhem, mistakes, memories and maturity. The decade where you learn about the real world, learn from one's actions and its consequences. Oh, and learning that ex-boyfriends don't really pine over you for the rest of their lives.

This is where we find Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) in OBVIOUS CHILD. Fidgeting at the gates of the dirty thirties, Donna's in an emotional crisis right now. Her boyfriend just dumped her for her girlfriend (whom he had been seeing behind her back). The bookstore where she works is closing down, placing her in the unemployment line and she's worried about not being able to afford her rent. In addition, the relationship with her mother Nancy (Polly Draper) is still complex but luckily, Donna's relationship with her dad Jacob (Richard Kind) keeps her balanced. And last but not least, Donna's recently discovered she's pregnant. With Max's (played by Jake Lacy) baby. He's the one-night-stand 'piss-farter' she met at the bar where she's performs her stand-up comedy routine.

As a way to figuring out everything in her life right now, Donna talks about these relationship issues with her friends both on and off stage. And like any irrational, insecure woman who has recently been dumped, Donna also tortures herself by drunk dialing her ex-boyfriend and 'stalking' his house to see if he'll exit with her ex-friend. 'Just one more sip' she says after each sip of her coffee until Ryan (Paul Briganti) emerges with said friend in tow.

Donna finally turns the maturity corner after inadvertently meeting preppy nice guy Max following her disastrous stage performance, and subsequently falls pregnant from their one- night-stand. The surprise pregnancy steers the film in a more controversial direction when, after carefully considering her circumstances, responsibility and readiness to be a mother, Donna decides to abort her pregnancy.

Don't think this subversive rom-com makes a mockery of abortion. It doesn't. In fact, first feature director Gillian Robespierre handles the abortion plot point with finesse: placing it in a relatable context that seriously considers the consequences of the protagonist's actions whilst weighing it against the reality of responsibility and unstable circumstances. And despite the stigma surrounding such a decision, Slate's character remains resolute in her choice throughout the rest of the film. It strengthens the ideal that it is okay to make such difficult decisions particularly when it's in one's own best interest.

It's not often one has an opportunity to watch a film about abortion that is so refreshingly candid, yet comically relatable, that you can't help but praise Robespierre and her perspective of a late 20s woman whose life so far, isn't turning out quite the way she thought it would. Literally. And like Donna's temporary spiral out of control in OBVIOUS CHILD, that's okay because eventually, you'll manage to steer yourself back on track.

In a nutshell, OBVIOUS CHILD is a sharply written comedy that unashamedly addresses real life issues with a walk down memory lane moment in there for everyone.

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