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Jenny Slate in “Obvious Child,” A Romantic Comedy Dealing with Abortion and Growing Up


Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child will be premiering at the Sundance Film Festival next month, and there’s a Kickstarter for the feature-length romantic comedy here to cover post-production costs.

“Obvious Child” is an honest comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best Valentine’s Day of her life. Forever nudged by her parents to make better choices, Donna’s forced to do just that when a one-night stand leads to a difficult decision that does and does not define the rest of her life. Though confident in her choice, Donna must gain the confidence to believe in her talent, herself, and the best in those around her, especially one surprisingly decent guy (Jake Lacy) who just might make this the worst/best Valentine’s Day ever.

Obvious Child first debuted as a short film in 2009. It’s definitely an interesting project, and with Jenny Slate (aka Marcel the Shell with Shoes On) attached, I’m looking forward to seeing it even more. Abortion is rarely represented in film or TV, so it’s refreshing to see a romantic-comedy tackle the issue head-on. Robespierre says one of her motivations for making Obvious Child was “the limited representations of young women’s experience with pregnancy, let alone growing up.”

If you donate $35 to the Kickstarter, you’ll receive a digital download of the film upon its estimated digital release. Donate $10 and you’ll get to watch the original short film. Along with Slate, Obvious Child stars Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, and Richard Kind.