Gillian Robespierre’s debut takes two subjects Hollywood often mangles, standup comedy and unplanned pregnancy, and keeps the tortured stereotypes and soap opera theatrics at bay. Better yet, it doesn’t feel like two movies awkwardly jammed together, thanks largely to the game-for-anything Jenny Slate (Parks and Recreation) as a Brooklyn bookstore clerk and aspiring comedian dishing up foul-mouthed quips with the gusto of peak-era Sandra Bernhardt—just imagine a smaller, less intimidating version. Jake Lacy (The Office) nicely underplays the super-goy who knocks her up. (KATHY FENNESSY)
The Obvious Child plays today at the Egyptian at 7 pm.
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