Friday, May 8, 2015

Obvious Child

A would be stand-up comic (Jenny Slate) has the rug pulled out from her and must face the harsh realities of adulthood when she is successively dumped by her boyfriend, laid off from her job at a bookstore, and left with an unwanted pregnancy, the result of a one night stand. Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child comes in at a cool clip and has some funny and even poignant moments but Slate’s raunchy, foul mouthed humor is off-putting and the film is decidedly one-sided on its central abortion issue. David Cross is funny in an unnecessary cameo and Paul Simon’s title song is put to good use during a memorable sequence.
** 1/2 out of ****