Obvious Child Movie Review
A comedian, an unplanned pregnancy and an abortion, oh my! Obvious Child is a surprisingly entertaining and endearing comedy-drama, and among the year’s better movies.
Jenny Slate delivers a strong performance as the awkward and often neurotic Donna, a charmingly uncharming protagonist reminiscent of Lena Dunham’s character from “Girls.” Donna isn’t as crazy, drug-obsessed or scantily clad as Dunham’s Hannah, but she has plenty of insecurities and drama in her life. Slate straddles the line between dramatic and comedic moments extremely well, much like the movie as a whole.
Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child isn’t a serious drama, but it deals with serious issues – heartbreak, betrayal, and as some Christian pastors would say, “baby murder!” But at its heart it’s a comedy, and Robespierre guides her characters along a believable, relatable journey that seamlessly mixes drama and humor.
More importantly, Obvious Child is simply entertaining. It loses a bit of steam toward the end, but the overall experience is an enjoyable one. Some terrific acting, a sharp screenplay and strong direction make Obvious Child one of the better movies of 2014.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.