Abortion is a divisive issue in U.S. public life. As a pro-choice cis-gendered woman my right to choose, and my right to decide what is best for my body, is one of the political positions I defend with fervour. And yet even though a significant percentage of the American public are also pro-choice, and even though having an abortion remains the legal right of American women as enshrined in that remarkable, life-saving Supreme Court decision in Roe vs Wade, it’s still pretty rare to see women take this option on screen. It’s even rarer to see it done in a comedic context. It’s one of the reasons that despite my love for Ellen Page, I couldn’t quite stomach “Juno” after it seemed to give in to the anti-choice brigade.
The cinematic landscape on this issue is set to change significantly (we hope!) this summer with the announcement that Sundance hit “Obvious Child” will be released June 6th.
The film follows Donna Stern (SNL’s Jenny Slate in what should be a star-making performance), a comedian who gets pregnant after some good old-fashioned re-bound sex and then decides to get an abortion. It is a refreshing and real (and hilarious!) exploration of what happens in so many women’s lives, and it is something they are too often made to feel ashamed about. There is no shame in exercising your legal right, ladies! And, as Madeleine Davies points out: we really needed a film like this after the horrors of “Knocked Up”.
The trailer and clip show off how “Obvious Child” is such a wonderfully funny, charming take on a choice so many women make, but is so rarely shown on screen. And what’s more: it’s written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, so it’s one of those rare cinematic gems: a film about a female experience told by a woman herself. We can’t wait for you to go see it in theaters.
Here’s the trailer and below that, a clip from the film: