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    Watch: Gillian Robespierre & Jenny Slate on Making 'The Best Friend' the Lead in 'Obvious Child'

    Robespierre's main goal with turning her short into a feature was to take the classic rom-com "best friend" -- who is usually just a supporting character, but nevertheless, she insists, is the one with the best jokes -- and put her in the lead role.

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    Obvious Child

    ‘Obvious Child’ is a small-scale but winning comedy from writer-director Gillian Robespierre and leading lady Jenny Slate.

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    Laughing At Your Own Pain is Brilliantly Hilarious in ‘Obvious Child'

    Charmingly obscene and hilarious, "Obvious Child" is the most intelligent, female empowering, comedy of the year.

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    Obvious Child Director Gillian Robespierre: "We Don't Make Abortion Funny. We Make a Character Funny."

    Robespierre also discusses her influences, her challenges on set, and finally quitting her day job.

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    Cancel All Your Plans: This Summer Movie Weekend Offers a Diverse Slate of Must-Sees

    Has there been a better weekend for movies this year than this one? Friday offers more than enough for all tastes, temperaments and attention spans, from the saccharine ("The Fault in Our Stars") and acidic ("Borgman") to the crowd-pleasing ("Edge of Tomorrow") and deeply disturbing ("The Sacrament"...

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    Review: Wickedly Bold 'Obvious Child' Could Use A Bit More Maturity

    “Obvious Child” is about would-be stand-up Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) and her decisions when a one-night stand results in an ill-timed unwanted pregnancy. “Obvious Child” began as a short in 2009, then hunted for crowdfunding, got it, and resulted in this feature-length Sundance 2014 debut for writer...

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    Review: 'Obvious Child' Succeeds Admirably as an Abortion Rom-Com

    Gillian Robespierre’s winning “Obvious Child,” which bowed at Sundance, sticks to the rom-com arc while throwing in a gutsy curveball: The film’s main woman and man fall in love while getting an abortion. It opens this Friday via A24 Films.

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    Review: Jenny Slate is a Vulgar Delight in 'Obvious Child,' But Quit Calling It an 'Abortion Comedy'

    Ever since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, “Obvious Child” has carried the unwieldy status of an "abortion comedy," but only the second half of that label is accurate.

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    Guest Post: For Female Indie Filmmakers, The Woman-Child Wins: Obvious Child and Zero Motivation

    Though the man-child has been plastered on the big screen, the woman-child rarely makes it up there. Generally peered at through the almighty male gaze, she is either secluded onto an easily toppled romantic pedestal or tossed aside into the supporting category of awkward unsexual female friends.

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