Jenny Slate's Obvious Child Takes On Abortion & Dessert

Tragedy plus time equals comedy, they say. Jenny Slate's timing is always perfect.
Her tragedy's pretty good, too. The ex-Saturday Night Live cast member, one half of Bestie x Bestie, and voice of Marcel the Shell With Shoes On stars in the upcoming film Obvious Child, and it looks to be the definition of bittersweet.
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In her first leading film role, Slate plays Donna, a depressive standup comic who finds herself on the business end of an unwanted pregnancy by a guy she dubs "the pee-farter." (You'll have to watch the trailer.) But, instead of pulling a Juno, she decides to terminate it.
Don't worry, that's not a spoiler. Nor is it just a punchline — Slate and the film treat the decision with a mixture of deadpan humor and the gravity it deserves. "I'm having your abortion," a wracked Donna says to herself in the mirror. "Do you want to share a dessert?"
A favorite at Sundance this year, Obvious Child was written and directed by Gillian Robespierre and began as a 20-minute short film several years back. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Robespierre managed to turn it into a feature that's out in theaters this summer.
The film also stars Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffmann, and Slate's Bestie Gabe Liedman, who has a delightfully original take on the pitfalls of menstruation.
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