Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a stand up comedian and make jokes about yourself to get laughs from the audience? Donna Stern, the lead character in “Obvious Child,” does exactly that. Donna is my favorite kind of comedian. She tells fart jokes and there are plenty of references to poop throughout the film. But what makes “Obvious Child” different from your typical crude comedy is that the film provides an in-depth look at the reality of unintended pregnancy and obtaining a first-trimester abortion.
We get and inside look at a Planned Parenthood clinic when Donna goes there to verify the results of her pee stick. The doctor asks Donna if she wants to go over all of her options, but Donna assures the physician that she has already thought about all the options and she is sure she wants to get an abortion. She schedules her procedure . . . for Valentine’s Day . . . and then tries to go about her business as best as she can while she waits for her appointment.
Donna talks to her friends about whether or not she should tell Max, the partner in her one-night stand, with about her pregnancy. They offer different points of view and make great jokes about screwing the patriarchy. Who knew feminism could be so funny? [Read more…]