DIR/WRI: Gillian Robespierre • PRO: Elisabeth Holm • ED: Casey Brooks, Jacob Craycroft • DOP: Chris Teague • DES: Sara K. White • MUS: Chris Bordeaux • Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy
Obvious Child tells the story of comedienne Donna Stern, (Jenny Slate) a mid-twenties woman living in New York City. When Donna’s relationship falls apart, in turn, so does she. Drunken nights and wallowing in self-pity, Donna eventually finds Max (Jack Lacy), a handsome law student and the two hit it off. However, an unplanned pregnancy means that Donna must stand on her own two feet for the first time in her life.
Obvious Child is a warm, funny and almost tragic tale of life behind the microphone from a comic’s point of view. In reviewing the film, it’s hard not to think of Robin Williams and the emotions he must have been feeling away from the spotlight.
Jenny Slate’s portrayal of Donna Stern is probably the least elegant character you’re likely to encounter on screen. Vulgar jokes and low-brow humour are rife throughout but it’s a character that is real and most importantly believable.
When watching a stand-up show, it’s sometimes difficult to forget that the ones performing for our enjoyment have personal problems behind the scenes too and Obvious Child captures them all very well.
Confusing relationships, parental issues and an unplanned pregnancy to boot. Through it all, Donna takes us on a whirlwind of emotions. Happiness, sadness but each emotion tinged with a hint of innocence about it.
A thoroughly enjoyable film if you can look past the crude humour presented at times. Obvious Child is obviously recommended.
16 (See IFCO for details)
Obvious Child is released 29th August