New OBVIOUS CHILD Trailer Is Full Of Laughs
Obvious Child is a quirky rom-com that delves into the seemingly not-romantic implications of being an adult, dealing with an unwanted pregnancy and figuring out how to deal with casual relationships. Throughout the whole film, we’re taken on a wild ride of laughs, tears and ultimate empathy as we throw ourselves into the refreshingly honest, relatable world Writer/Director Gillian Robespierre has set up for us.
Obvious Child stars Jenny Slate as Donna Stern, a crude and self-deprecating young comedian who has just been dumped in time for Valentine’s Day. Donna sets out on a quest for self-actualization (fueled by lots of wine and unprompted dance parties) and ends up meeting Max, played by Jake Lacy, who has just as many quirks as her. We see Max’s quirks immediately as she accompanies him to the outside of a bar so he can relieve himself. She squats beneath him and he ends up accidently farting in her face, to which she responds with hilarious laughter. But Max is also very affectionate; in one scene, he warms up some butter by pressing the packet in his hands so that she can easily spread it on her bread.
Though it seems odd, Max and Donna click, and Donna seems to forget about her fleeting woes of having been recently dumped around Valentine’s Day. The two end up sleeping together without using any sort of protection, (well, without using it for what it’s meant to be used for) and Donna confirms the worst: she’s pregnant. Donna is very frank and honest about not wanting to keep the baby even though she has strong feelings for Max. In one scene, she practices telling Max about the baby in a mirror by saying, “Hey Max, remember from before when we did sex to each other? I’m having your abortion. Do you want to share a dessert?” We see her struggling with her feelings for Max, her pregnancy and her adult life in general.
Writer/Director Gillian Robespierre explores raw subjects such as abortion and not using protection without any constraints or setbacks, giving the film a raw and gritty tone. This is not a traditional romantic comedy by any sense, but we do see elements of adoration and romance amidst the nontraditional comments and situations. What Robespierre has done with Obvious Child is a fresh, new and realistic take on the romantic comedy and the romantic situations surrounding young people in their 20s. Most people in their twenties are at a loss regarding what to do in their lives, such as whether to pursue a StateCE program or focus on finding a spouse, and Robespierre really taps into those insecurities.
Even though Donna is an adult, this film is somewhat of a coming-of-age story because Donna is learning how to accept responsibility for her actions and how to acknowledge her feelings as opposed to making jokes about them. Through this film, Donna learns what it means to be truly brave, not just on the stage, but in life.