This is a post by JBFC Volunteer Dotty Battel
And, in the case of Obvious Child, besides being a lovely Paul Simon song, it’s also a reveal. You’ll know what we mean after you see this provocative, endearing ,and very funny rom-com from first-time writer/director Gillian Robespierre. “It’s both funny and serious without trying too hard to be either, and by trying above all to be honest.” (New York Times)
One of the highlights is the breakout performance by Jenny Slate (SNL alum), as Donna Stern, a twenty-something, potty-mouthed stand-up comic who suffers from arrested development. The whole point of the film is that she is unformed and has to come to terms with adulthood as she stumbles through heartache, job loss, and a one-night stand that results in pregnancy.
You may have heard the buzz that this is an “abortion comedy,” but don’t be misled…it is really a comedy that handles the issue of abortion in a way that’s serious and consequential, but not emotionally crippling. See it and decide for yourself!
Obvious Child opens at the JBFC on Friday, June 20. Tickets are on sale now.
Did you know? Filmmaker Gillian Robespierre felt it was very important that her film’s abortion scene accurately depict the atmosphere of a real abortion scenario. She sent her script to Planned Parenthood for feedback on the dialogue used and the information shared. Along with their feedback, Planned Parenthood granted Robespierre permission to shoot in the organization’s New Rochelle clinic to help make the scene as realistic as possible. Read more about it here.