Obvious Child (R)

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Comedy

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Time Out says

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

Movie Theaters showing Obvious Child

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Angelika Film Center

18 W Houston St, (at Mercer St), New York, 10012 Show map/details

  • Address:

    Angelika Film Center 18 W Houston St
    New York
    10012

  • Cross Street:

    at Mercer St

  • Venue phone:

    212-995-2000

  • Venue website:

    angelikafilmcenter.com

  • Transport:

    Subway: B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St; 6 to Bleecker St

  • Price:

    $14, seniors and children $11

  • Map

    1. Angelika Film Center
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BAM Rose Cinemas

30 Lafayette Ave, (between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St), Brooklyn, 11217 Show map/details

  • Address:

    BAM Rose Cinemas 30 Lafayette Ave
    Brooklyn
    11217

  • Cross Street:

    between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St

  • Venue phone:

    718-636-4100

  • Venue website:

    bam.org

  • Transport:

    Subway: B, D, N, Q, R, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave–Barclays Ctr; G to Fulton St

  • Price:

    $13; seniors, students (Mon–Thu only) and children (weekdays) $9; BAM Cinema Club members $8

  • Map

    1. BAM Rose Cinemas
      • 30 Lafayette Ave
        Brooklyn
        11217
      • 718-636-4100
      • bam.org
      • 40.68645,-73.977703
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  • Tue Jul 29:

    • 4:50pm
    • 7:15pm
    • 9:20pm
  • Wed Jul 30:

    • 4:45pm
    • 7:15pm
    • 9:20pm
  • Thu Jul 31:

    • 4:45pm
    • 7:15pm
    • 9:20pm

Nitehawk Cinema

136 Metropolitan Ave, (between Berry St and Wythe Ave), Brooklyn, 11249 Show map/details

  • Address:

    Nitehawk Cinema 136 Metropolitan Ave
    Brooklyn
    11249

  • Cross Street:

    between Berry St and Wythe Ave

  • Venue phone:

    718-384-3980

  • Venue website:

    nitehawkcinema.com

  • Opening hours:

    Mon–Fri 5pm–2am; Sat, Sun noon–2am

  • Transport:

    Subway: L to Bedford Ave

  • Price:

    Average main course: $12. AmEx, Diner's Club, Disc, MC, V

  • Map

    1. Nitehawk Cinema
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  • Tue Jul 29:

    • 5:40pm
    • 7:45pm
  • Wed Jul 30:

    • 6:10pm
    • 8:15pm
  • Thu Jul 31:

    • 5:10pm
    • 8:15pm

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