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Obvious Child

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2014 (Gillian Robespierre) 14A, 83 minutes - English

Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann

When Brooklyn bookstore employee/stand-up comedian Donna (Jenny Slate) gets dumped by her boyfriend and her job in the same week, she does what countless fallible humans have done before: gets wrecked at a bar and has sex with a stranger (Jake Lacy). If you’ve already heard Child described as “the abortion comedy,” you can guess what comes next. But despite a few too-cute moments (and many fantastically graphic vagina jokes), the movie is both smarter and more sympathetic than that glib shorthand. Donna may be as unmoored in broke bohemia as Lena Dunham’s Girls girls, but unlike them, her gaze goes beyond her navel; you can picture – and want to know – the grown woman she’ll become. 

Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

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