Prior to seeing her new film, "Landline", I wanted to watch Gillian Robespierre's first film "Obvious Child". I liked Jenny Slate's run on SNL and some of her supporting roles, but I was unsure of what I would think of her in a lead role.
I thought that the writing of this film was actually really good. The characterization is really solid from the opening moments of the film. The characters are used more as a way to deliver the commentary of the film, though, which is interesting. It seems as if the writer is making us sympathize with the characters as a means of justifying their actions. The dialogue is really funny and quick, too. My biggest issue is that the comedy (and some of the general conversation) delivered by the protagonist is a bit heavy on scatological humor. These elements weren't funny, so the film shined where it had the interesting commentary on society.
The filmmaking aspects of the film are okay. Its style is very indie, so the camerawork is very simple and most of the filming seemed to be on location. The actors all do a fine job in their roles, with Jenny Slate doing a good job of commanding the screen as the protagonist.
Overall, I really liked "Obvious Child". Despite a few juvenile jokes, it's funny as a whole and features likable characters, but is also extremely thought-provoking too.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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