April 19, 2015 10:00am
SilverCity Theatre B
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gary Hoffman, Polly Draper
Runtime: 84 minutes
National Board of Review: Best Directorial Debut
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards: Best Actress in a Comedy, Jenny Slate
Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Virtuoso Award: Jenny Slate
“Slate’s jaw-dropping turn as the affable protagonist surely marks the arrival of a fierce new acting talent.”–David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
“It’s both funny and serious without trying too hard to be either, and by trying above all to be honest.”–A.O. Scott, New York Times
For aspiring comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate), everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humour.
On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time.
As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy, and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own. It’s allowing herself to accept the support and love of others. And be truly vulnerable.
Anchored by a breakout performance from Jenny Slate, Obvious Child is a winning discovery, packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant human honesty. And with Donna, Slate and writer/director Gillian Robespierre have crafted a character for the ages – a female audiences will recognize, cheer for, and love.