Actress Jenny Slate shines in Obvious Child, an independent comedy from A24 Films opening everywhere on Friday.
Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, Obvious Child features a talented cast of Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffmann, Jake Lacy, Gabe Liedman, David Cross, Richard Kind, and Polly Draper.
Slate stars as aspiring comedian Donna Stern. For Stern, just everyday life as a female twenty-something is enough to provide material for her hysterical brand of humor. On stage, she’s not afraid to talk about topics that are intimate, such as her sex life or underwear.
After getting dumped by her boyfriend, she meets Max (Jake Lacy) and winds up getting pregnant following a one-night stand. This forces her to face the realities of independent womanhood for the first time, whether she wants to or not. Whether she wanted it to happen or not, it’s the start of a new journey of self-discovery and empowerment for Donna.
Premiering at Sundance, Slate delivers a star-making performance. Whether it’s enough to deliver her an Oscar nomination, I don’t know. When Film Independent anounces their Spirit Award nominations, I fully expect Slate will be a nominee for her performance in this gem. There are moments of honesty and vulnerability combined with raw, energetic comedy in Robespierre’s first picture, and the topic is handled with a matter-of-factness that is hardly ever seen on screen. In Donna, we have a character that audiences will recognize, cheer for, and ultimately, love.
Originally a 2009 short film, also starring Jenny Slate, by Anna Bean, Karen Maine, and Gillian Robespierre, it was screened at many festivals in 2010. With online attention, Robespierre was encouraged and inspired to expand it to a feature length film–running just shy of 90 minutes in length.