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Understandably aggrieved when she gets ‘dumped up with’ and then fired in quick succession, comedian Donna (the hilarious Jenny Slate) divulges all in a fairly solemn stand-up routine and then ends up drinking, followed by sleeping with a chap she meets at the bar. When she realises she’s pregnant and not ready to be a mother, her friend (Gaby Hoffman) supports her decision to get an abortion but insists it’s unnecessary to tell the unwitting father, something about which Donna is less convinced.
A refreshing take on a difficult subject matter and subverting a genre that’s long been in need of an overhaul, Obvious Child is a superb romantic comedy that has been lauded since its premiere at this year’s Sundance. (Notes by Alice Butler.)
83 MINUTES, U.S.A., 2014, COLOUR, D-CINEMA