Magazine article Variety

Not an 'Obvious' Comedy Success

Magazine article Variety

Not an 'Obvious' Comedy Success

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"Obvious Child," a fresh and funny chronicle of a one-night stand with consequences, is quickly racking up some of this year's best word of mouth, with a major expansion slated for June 27.

Distrib A24 picked up the comedy at Sundance, then opened it June 6 to the highest per-screen average in the country. Expanding to 18 theaters in its second week, total gross is more than $260,000.

Though it's being billed as an abor-^ tion comedy, the film, which stars Jenny Slate ("House of ^ Lies") as a Brooklyn woman JMÊ-JËlI, rebounding from a breakup, is less concerned with reproductive rights than it is with a woman's right to laugh.

"A lot of journalists have used the shorthand 'abortion comedy,' but that makes it feel small," said Gillian Robespierre, the film's first-time director, who adapted the feature from her 2009 short. "We're a romantic comedy about one character going through different challenges in her life."

Pro-choice and pro-life groups are claiming the movie as either an important feminist statement or a dangerous piece of propaganda. …

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