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Obvious Child Review

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Obvious Child

Ever have one of those days where it goes from bad to worse? Imagine if you found yourself broken up with your boyfriend, unemployed and pregnant just in time for the most romantic holiday of the year: Valentine’s Day. How would you handle the pressure? Most people wouldn’t know what to do and I honestly don’t think I would have handled it quite like Donna Stern did in Obvious Child.

Donna (Jenny Slate) was quite content with how her life was. She enjoyed doing a nightly comedy set after work and honestly thought she had a solid relationship with her boyfriend. She never expected him to be in a totally separate relationship with her friend. Similarly, Donna never thought that she would lose her job either. Now single and jobless, Donna does what every single girl does: have a drunken one night stand with Max (Jake Lacy). It’s at this point that Obvious Child transforms from your run-of-the-mill romantic comedy and becomes an honest comedy.

Typical romantic comedies tend to revolve around how the newly-formed couple handles the unexpected pregnancy. Instead, Obvious Child explores how Donna deals with the decision to terminate her unplanned pregnancy. It’s never easy to talk about abortion and, to be honest, I don’t see many romantic comedies tackle the difficulties of deciding whether or not to pursue your one night stand while wondering when would be the appropriate time to tell them that you are pregnant. Don’t even forget to mention how difficult it is to tell your parents.

Donna’s honesty throughout Obvious Child helped add brevity to a pretty heavy subject. In what you might have expected to be an uncomfortable movie to watch, Obvious Child was pretty amazing. I found myself sympathizing with everything Donna was going through. Likewise, the romantic struggle between Donna and Max was endearing. Even by the movie’s end, you’re left wondering what happened between them since Obvious Child does not devel beyond Donna’s abortion.

Ultimately, Obvious Child is a must watch for any romantic comedy fan. It’s honesty sets it apart from most movies I’ve seen dealing with such a heavy topic. Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy have an adorable chemistry about them and Jenny’s comedic delivery just makes Obvious Child a hit with me.

[box type=”info”]Additional information about Obvious Child: Running time: 83 minutes | Rated: R | Keep up with the latest here: | Facebook  | Twitter | Instagram: @obviouschildmovie | Obvious Child opens in select theaters June 6 and expands across the country throughout June![/box]

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