Obvious Child

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Smart, irreverent, edgy romcom about complex choices.

R 2014 83 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 16+

For all those times you watched a woman get an unwanted pregnancy and yelled “just get an abortion” at the screen

This is a really sweet and fun little film about a woman making a choice 3 out of 10 women make and a really great guy who supports her. It’s something I wish we could see more of, because abortion is common, safe, and doesn’t scar people for life. Jenny Slate is pure magic and Jake Lacey does the same sweet goy routine he’ll perfect in the “High Fidelity” series.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

Love letter to the abortion culture

The story surrounds a young and single struggling stand up comedian. It does a decent job of outlining how the bad parts of a person's twenties, find their way, their place, trying to excel in their work, finding that right relationship. All very relatable (though not terribly funny). But things take a turn. Sarah, the main character is pregnant after a one night stand, the practice of which is encouraged and painted in a positive and accepting light in the film. She becomes pregnant, and spends the majority of the remainder of the film worried about what her lover or her mother with think. After telling her mother, it is taken as "no big deal", that this is no big problem, and mother shares her "no big deal" abortion story, with the exception of having to travel to New Jersey, and being forced to have the abortion on a random kitchen table. This leads to an excellent mother-daughter bonding session. With her newly found strength, she decides to tell her lover, and she does it in her stand up act!! How brave and liberating!! Her lover, just can't handle it and walks out of her act, but have no fear as the audience smiles encouragingly at the news of her abortion. The boy friend returns the next day, with flowers no less, in time to go with her to the procedure. They have the procedure and everyone seems to live happily ever after. This movie might have well been produced by planned parenthood. It barely touches on the fear and feelings that a woman in this situation. It trivializes a huge decision, the main character spends more time agonizing over who to go home with than whether or not to terminate the pregnancy. Sends many wrong messages.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: June 6, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: October 7, 2014
  • Cast: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy
  • Director: Gillian Robespierre
  • Studio: A24
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 83 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language and sexual content
  • Last updated: April 1, 2022

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