Starring: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, Richard Kind, Gabe Liedman, Polly Draper, David Cross.
Directed By: Gillian Robespierre
You might have been outraged about this film at some point. It’s the “abortion comedy”, or rather the indie comedy that was poorly managed and allowed to be called an abortion comedy. It’s a comedy where the main character is considering having an abortion. More importantly, it’s a “real issues” comedy, where the characters feel drawn from the actual world. It’s like you might know these characters, have been in their situation, or struggled with the same issues.
Jenny Slate’s Donna is likeable, which goes to highlight the subversive nature of the film. It’s funny how a film that can be so easily defined as being about abortion can really be about something else. It’s really about people, relationships, struggle, following your dreams, family, and everything else you encounter in real life. Abortion can be one of those things, for some people, under some circumstances.
Had more people seen this film, I would say this is a breakthrough role for Jenny Slate. She reminds me a little bit of a kinder version of Sarah Silverman, or potentially a cruder version of Diane Keaton. I know those two are different, but Slate has qualities of both. As her potential suitor, Jake Lacy does a good job of staying wide eyed and likeable.
It’s a movie you likely missed this year, and probably shouldn’t have missed.
FINAL GRADE: A-