FILM: “Obvious Child”

July 1st, 2014, 9:00 am by Greg

Film review by Pete Mason

When it comes to movies about abortion, options are limited. On one hand, there is “Vera Drake,” and while it was nominated for Best Picture in 2004, no one saw it. Then on the other hand, there is “Obvious Child,” the recent film starring Jenny Slate that takes a comedic yet serious look at having an abortion in present day. The movie does nothing to glamorize getting an abortion, and brings audience members to connect with Donna (Slate) as she deals with the events leading up to having the procedure.

The result of a one-night stand, Donna is pregnant, just dumped and working at a soon-to-close bookstore, and performs stand up comedy to small crowds. She hooks up with Max (Jake Lacy, from the last two seasons of “The Office” and calm and cool like his annex character) and tracing events back, realizes she is pregnant. Her economic and living situations do not bode well for her having a baby, and she moves towards her decision, weighing it all the while she waits a couple weeks before her appointment.

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