Obvious Child

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Release date: June 6, 2014
Director: Gillian Robespierre
Language: English

Who should watch this movie: Anyone who has a best friend. People who read “Little Weirds.” 

When should you watch this movie: When you miss your mom. When your ex is dating someone new.

The sell: Jenny Slate isn’t just that ridiculous character from Parks and Rec or “Nick Kroll’s one female friend.” She’s an accomplished comedian and if you haven’t seen her latest stand-up special, please do asap. Obvious Child is a rom com that makes all other rom coms look dumb, in part because it is actually romantic and it is actually a comedy. This movie is honest about the messiness of life that we are told is for our twenties but that we know will last our entire lives. Yes, Gillian Robespierre’s script is good, but Jenny Slate’s performance is great. She achieves a vulnerability that we can all relate to while being laugh out loud hilarious even in moments of pain. I’m not kidding, every joke in this movie lands. And in a shocking turn of events, I am also a huge fan of Jake Lacy, who plays opposite Jenny Slate with equal energy and rounds out the movie with bumbling charm.

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