A new clip has been released from Obvious Child, a dramedy starring Jenny Slate (Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation). Slate stars as a twenty-something comedienne who unexpectedly falls pregnant, leading to her decision to have an abortion. The clip below sees Slate’s character calling under the influence and leaving a number of amusing voicemails. Amusing for us, probably not so much for the intended recipient. If you’ve been scorned by someone, be sure to keep that phone hidden while you drown your sorrows. The film has been receiving great reviews so far, praising writer-director Gillian Robespierre’s raunchy-yet-poignant approach to the film’s humour. In case you haven’t already seen it, or just want to watch it again, we’ve placed the film’s trailer beneath the clip. Enjoy.
Also starring Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, David Cross, Gabe Liedman, and Richard Kind.
Official synopsis for Obvious Child:
For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her incredibly relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job, and finds herself pregnant just in time for Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of independent adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy, and a surprising new suitor, Donna begins to discover that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it all on her own. It’s allowing herself to accept the support and love of others. And be truly vulnerable. Never failing to find the comedy and humanity in each awkward situation she encounters, Donna finds out along the way what it means to be as brave in life as she is on stage. Anchored by a breakout performance from Jenny Slate, OBVIOUS CHILD is a winning discovery, packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant human honesty. 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 – female audiences will recognize, cheer for, and love.
ETA: USA (limited) – 6 June, with an expanded release throughout the month.