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    Watch: Gotham Nominee Jenny Slate Talks Sex and Standup in 'Obvious Child' (Exclusive)

    Stand-up comic and Gotham Award nominee Jenny Slate didn't go from zero to breakout overnight. 'Obvious Child' suited her talents perfectly, as writer-director Gillian Robespierre carefully crafted this star vehicle that became the toast of Sundance 2014.

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    10 Tips on Turning Your Short Film Into a Feature

    Thinking of turning your short film into a feature film? Then you must read this advice from the director of "Obvious Child" from IFP Independent Film Week.

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    On The Rise 2014: 12 Directors To Watch

    After looking at musicians, cinematographers, actors, actresses and screenwriters, there was only one natural place to go with our On The Rise series: directors. After all, film is still an auteur's medium, and the director is the one who hires all of the above, stitching together the various elemen...

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    ‘Obvious Child’ Director Gillian Robespierre & Jenny Slate Talk Boundaries In Comedy, Naturalism, Improv, More

    Razor-sharp writing, taut direction, and a stellar central performance by Jenny Slate anchor Gillian Robespierre’s debut directorial feature “Obvious Child.” You’ve likely heard otherwise, its treatment of abortion dominating conversation and even the film’s promotional material, but while Robespier...

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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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    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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