I am so proud to be in a movie that is joyful and thoughtful and depicts a modern and authentic experience of unplanned pregnancy…Gillian Robespierre and Elizabeth Holm, who wrote this movie, assert that even while we’re fighting for our rights we can do so creatively. Activism and creative expression can go together.
Jenny Slate is one of those celebrities that I want to either be BFFs with or wear as a skin suit, it’s kind of hard to tell. I think she’s hilarious and uniquely beautiful and cool and nice-seemingly, and she made one of my favorite movies last year, “Obvious Child.” Last night, Jenny — we’re on a first name basis — won Best Actress in a Comedy at the Critics Choice Awards for her work in the film, which is about how a twentysomething woman handles an unexpected pregnancy. While on stage, Jenny took the opportunity to emphasize that the film is a form of pro-choice activism. Love it. [Jezebel]
For Jenny Slate, Marcel the Shell is more than just an onscreen character — his voice makes an appearance anytime Jenny wants to provide commentary on her life without feeling like she’s talking to herself. [This basically describes the vast majority of the conversations that occur between myself and Lucca, where I do Lucca's voice responding to me, etc. -- Amelia] Yesterday, Jenny serenaded Conan with a rendition of the melancholy classic “Landslide” in the voice of Marcel, bringing a tear to the eye of every other talking shell out there.
If you think you don’t know who Jenny Slate is, you just haven’t attached the name to the person. She’s Mona-Lisa on “Parks and Recreation”; Tammy on “Bob’s Burgers”; a bunch of characters on “Kroll Show”; and she was on one season of “Saturday Night Live.” (You may remember her from the Doorbells And More sketch?). Lately, Slate is everywhere — literally everywhere — as the star of a new film, “Obvious Child” which appears nationwide this month.
In “Obvious Child,” Slate plays 27-year-old Donna, who accidentally gets pregnant right after she’s been dumped and lost her job. She genuinely likes the guy who got her pregnant (played by Jake Lacy from “The Office”), but is in a bad place to bring a kid into the world. Donna wants to have an abortion and unlike many movies where a women ends a pregnancy, that choice isn’t portrayed as a scary or dangerous thing. “Obvious Child” manages to be both hilarious and heart-tugging, a testament to both director/writer Gillian Robespierre’s writing and Slate’s earnest relatability onscreen.
Jenny Slate and I chatted recently about movies depicting abortion, women in Hollywood, and feminism. Here’s our conversation, after the jump: Keep reading »
It’s not often that I endorse dragging your butt to go see a movie in the theater. Tickets cost as much as a cocktail, theatergoers are rude, the floors are sticky, and you can watch pretty much anything you want on Netflix and Hulu now anyway. But really, go see “Obvious Child,” starring Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffman and Jake Lacy, which opens this weekend in NYC and LA (before heading to theaters nationwide this month). You heard me: GO! Here are six reasons why you can’t miss this movie … Spoilers ahead! Keep reading »
Here at The Frisky, we love going to the movies. We also love free stuff. We KNOW we’re not alone here, so we’re giving away 50 pairs of movie tickets to our loyal fans! Yes, that’s 100 free tickets. BOOM!
The first 50 people to sign up for a set of tickets will see “Obvious Child,” a comedy starring Jenny Slate as an aspiring comedian whose everyday life as a twenty-something provides ample material for her act. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna gets dumped, loses her job and finds herself pregnant just before Valentine’s Day, she has to navigate the murky waters of adulthood for the first time. As she grapples with an uncertain financial future, an unwanted pregnancy and a surprising new suitor, Donna discovers that the most terrifying thing about adulthood isn’t facing it on her own. It’s allowing herself to accept the love and support of others, while still finding humor in every situation.
Want in? Here’s how to snag your tix… Keep reading »
Considering that one in three women will have an abortion during her lifetime, we don’t see too many on the big screen. Even in “Knocked Up” and “Juno,” two of the biggest movies in the last decade about unplanned pregnancies, the characters barely discussed terminations. That’s one of the few reasons I’m very curious to see “Obvious Child,” a new rom-com starring former “Saturday Night Live” star Jenny Slate. She plays an aspiring standup comedian named Donna who has an unplanned pregnancy right around the same time she gets dumped and loses her job. Gaby Hoffman from “Girls” stars as her friend and the flick is written and directed by Gillian Robespierre. Yes, a pro-choice film starring a woman with a lady director! Everything about “Obvious Child” has “Jessica is going to see this on opening night” written all over it. Check out the trailer above! [YouTube]