Obvious Child (R)

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Comedy

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Tue Jun 3

Having a female protagonist blissfully bond with her womanhood through childbirth has typically been the Hollywood way of dealing with unplanned pregnancy. But in Gillian Robespierre’s revolutionary Obvious Child, abortion (not “shmashmortion”) is sympathetically presented as a sensible option, with consistent delight and hilarious, raunchy humor.

Following Donna Stern (the irresistible, pitch-perfect Jenny Slate), a twentysomething Brooklynite who antagonizes crowds as a stand-up comedian with earnest jokes about her bodily fluids and Jewishness, the movie first suggests a conventional rom-com of polar opposites—especially after she falls into bed with smitten, buttoned-down Max (Jake Lacy). Yet the rules of its game are refreshingly different, driven for a change by a complex woman empowered to take control of her own destiny.

Leavened by an attractive soundtrack that includes the Carter Family’s well-placed “Single Girl, Married Girl” (and the Paul Simon song that gives the film its title), Obvious Child has a loud agenda that will be off-putting to some. Still, it’s a welcome counterpoint to the likes of Knocked Up and even Juno, where the abortion route is an apparent no-go. And despite its controversial topic, it manages to be desperately romantic—maybe the biggest shock of all.

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Release details

Rated:

R

US release:

Fri Jun 6, 2014

Duration:

83 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Gaby Hoffmann, Jake Lacy, Jenny Slate

Director:

Gillian Robespierre

Screenwriter:

Gillian Robespierre

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Glen Theatre

540 Crescent Blvd, (at Forest Ave), Glen Ellyn Show map/details

  • Address:

    Glen Theatre 540 Crescent Blvd
    Glen Ellyn

  • Cross Street:

    at Forest Ave

  • Venue phone:

    (630) 415-1976

  • Venue website:

    glenarttheater.com

  • Opening hours:

  • Transport:

    Train info: Metra: Union-Pacific West Line to Glen Ellyn

  • Map

    1. Glen Theatre
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  • Thu Jul 24:

    • 1:30pm
    • 6:00pm
    • 10:00pm

Landmark's Century Centre Cinema

2828 N Clark St, (between Diversey Pkwy and Orchard St), Chicago Show map/details

  • Address:

    Landmark's Century Centre Cinema 2828 N Clark St
    Chicago

  • Cross Street:

    between Diversey Pkwy and Orchard St

  • Venue phone:

    773-509-4949

  • Venue website:

    landmarktheaters.com

  • Transport:

    El stop: Brown, Purple (rush hrs) to Diversey. Bus: 22, 36, 76.

  • Price:

    $11, seniors $8.50, kids $8.50, students $9 (Mon–Fri)

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    1. Landmark's Century Centre Cinema
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  • Thu Jul 24:

    • 2:15pm
    • 4:30pm

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