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Obvious Child

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Director: Gillian Robespierre

Screenwriters: Elisabeth Holm, Karen Maine, Gillian Robespierre

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Description

Donna Stern is a 27-year-old Brooklyn comedian whose unapologetically lewd, warmhearted wit is pretty irresistible with audiences. When she gets heartlessly “dumped up with” by her two-timing boyfriend, Donna plunges into some light stalking and heavy moping. Hitting a serious low point, she performs a dreary set of break-up vengeance and Holocaust jokes and drunkenly falls into bed with a nice young professional named Max—not remotely her type. A few weeks later, condoms be damned, she’s pregnant. Now Donna, incapable of telling anything but the naked truth when she’s on stage, will resort to any means to avoid telling Max the score. As her date with Planned Parenthood draws near, she must confront her doubts and fears like never before.

It’s the unlikely, yet winning, combination of scatological humor, raw human honesty, and sweet romance that makes Obvious Child so much fun and so satisfying to watch. Jenny Slate’s wonderfully vulnerable performance keeps Donna’s journey real as she tentatively strips back her sarcastic armor and allows herself to trust—at least for now.

— C.L.

Screening Details

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