Gillian Robespierre's festival favorite starring Jenny Slate
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Rooftop Films kicks off its 18th season with the international festival favorite Obvious Child, a subversive, modern-day romantic comedy written and directed by Gillian Robespierre and starring Jenny Slate. Courtesy of A24 Films.
OBVIOUS CHILD (Gillian Robespierre | Brooklyn, NY | 90 min.)
Obvious Child (recipient of the Rooftop Films and Eastern Effects Equipment Grant) stars Jenny Slate as Donna Stern, an uninhibited and refreshingly blunt 20-something aspiring comedian. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. After one of her more successful sets, her heartless boyfriend breaks up with her in a public bathroom. If heartache wasn’t enough, Donna has also just found out that she is about to be laid off from her long time job. What’s a woman to do? Get inebriated, perform an embarrassingly personal set, and fall into bed with a nice guy named Max (Jack Lacy), who has awful taste in shoes.
Donna’s drunken hookup – and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment – turns out to be the beginning of a hilarious and totally unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Faced with a difficult decision, she decides to go on a Valentine’s Day date with Planned Parenthood. With her appointment quickly approaching, she finds herself and her opinionated, but supportive best friends Joey (Gabe Liedman) and Nellie (Gaby Hoffmann) doing anything to avoid talking about the elephant in the belly. This, coupled with the fact that Donna can’t seem to avoid having adorable, accidental meet cutes with Max, drives her to confront her doubts and fears like never before.
Anchored by a star-making performance from Jenny Slate, Obvious Child is a heartfelt discovery packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant honesty and vulnerability. Writer/Director Gillian Robespierre handles the topic of Donna's unwanted pregnancy with a refreshing matter-of-factness rarely seen onscreen. And with Donna, Slate and Robespierre have crafted a character for the ages – a female that audiences will recognize, cheer for, and love. It is a rare film, but with any luck, there will be many more like it in the years to come.
Obvious Child in theaters June 6, 2014