"I Hate Those Kind of Movies. I Can Never Relate to Them."
Unfortunately, the film’s strength is also its greatest weakness. Donna’s readiness to have an abortion is a refreshing notion in terms of character development and women in film, but it doesn’t do much for the story. What this film is missing is CONFLICT. There are the seeds of conflict; Donna’s relationship with her mother, Donna’s relationship to her stand-up career, and the entire effing premise of the movie could have all led to some really interesting shit on screen. Everything comes pretty easily to this character. She gets dumped, then finds a new guy, then gets pregnant, but makes her decision with everyone’s full support, thinks she scares off her new guy then finds out he’s more supportive than she knew. This is all nice for Donna, but makes the film seem like one big waiting game. It makes sense, since in fact the main events of the film take place during a long waiting period until the Big Day, but it’s not always engaging on its own merits. The cast and the crisp dialogue help a lot; without these elements, the film may have been one long mélange of wishy-washy relationship talk. As it is, it comes off more like a stream-of-consciousness diary entry read as poetically as possible.
Obvious Child is absolutely worth seeing, but not if you’re expecting a comedic romp with abortion. It’s much more introspective than it lets on. Also, maybe don’t see it on a first date. Or do. There are no real rules.
A Bloody Mary?
Ohhhh God, I'm going to Hell.
-Drink whenever Donna launches into her stand-up routine.
-Drink for misunderstandings
-Drink when someone gives someone a compliment
-Drink whenever abortion is referenced.
-Drink for potty humor.
Obvious Child is produced by Rooks Nest Entertainment, Sundial Pictures and Votiv Films. It is rated "R" with a run time of 84 minutes. Obvious Child is running with a limited release.