Welcome to another edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's film (the first of 2016!) is the 2014 comedy, Obvious Child, starring Jenny Slate.
An atypical comedy with a romantic angle, it focuses on comedian Donna Stern, who is a sort of dramatized version of Slate, as she struggles with losing both her job and boyfriend on the same day. What follows is a comedic, dramatic, and resonating story that is simple and unique. It's not uproariously funny or depressingly dramatic but it serves the small journey we go on with Donna.
A focus of the story hones in on Donna having a one night stand and becoming pregnant. She deliberates what to do and tries handle everything on her own. Where the movie ends up is a nice, minimalist story with a positive message (I won't spoil anything for you here about what happens). Just rest assured this is a good movie with an authentic plot and ending. I enjoyed this pure energy and it is what makes small, indie movies like this so good.
I could see this movie not being for everyone for some of the above reasons. It is sort of typical indie art (understated, slow moving), which I know isn't for everyone. It also does deal with the question of abortion, but I think it handles it very well. Some people who have a hard stance against it might be turned off though.
You can check out Obvious Child streaming right now on Amazon Prime Instant Video.