Obvious Child, directed by Gillian Robespierre, is getting noticed for the star-making performances of Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffman and Jake Lacy. But the under-the-radar star is Robespierre and the story she scripted, which has steered the film world into new and unexpected romantic-comedy territory. The film focuses on Donna (Slate), a twenty-something comedian reeling from a bad breakup who has a drunken one-night stand with straight-laced nice guy Max (Lacy). A few weeks later, Donna finds out she’s pregnant and decides to have an abortion.
Donna’s stand-up comedy routines and the scene when she’s waiting for pregnancy test results set this film apart from the typical summertime film fare. It’s a must-see for those looking for a groundbreaking rom-com determined to show an unrepresented side of female experience with comic flair and romantic ambitions.