By: John Armstrong
What are your thoughts on Abortion? is it easy to talk about? Is it considered to be a social problem? Or wait, maybe we should include it in films! Think about it for a minute.
I bring this topic up because of a recent film I had watched called, ‘Obvious Child’ a 2014 comedy, drama film directed by Gillian Robespierre.Donna Stern an aspirant comedian, in her everyday life as a female in her twenties provides sufficient enough material for her brand of humor. When Donna is on stage you learn in the film that she is unapologetic-ally herself as she jokes pretty much about her personal life. Topics so personal that she even speaks about her sex life with her boyfriend and as raw as her day-old underwear.
Without giving away too much of the movie, I believe the filmmakers were trying to accomplish a film that would describe a social issue that is hard to talk about. This comedy, drama film treats abortion with care while never really leaning to one side of the spectrum or the other politically wise. On a Comedic level it is on par with a lot of straight up comedies, but it separates itself by having true moments of drama specifically the drastic news of her possibly having to enter parenthood.