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Watch: First Trailer For Sundance Breakout Hit 'Obvious Child' Starring Jenny Slate, Gaby Hoffmann & David Cross

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 15, 2014 12:59 PM
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Obvious Child
While it didn’t take any of the Sundance Film Festival awards earlier this year, one of the bigger breakout films from the Utah-set festival was “Obvious Child.” Starring comedienne and former 'SNL' cast member Jenny Slate, the film centers on an unapologetically crude aspiring comedian whose world is turned upside down by a devastating break-up, getting fired from her job and an unplanned pregnancy.

The Ones To Watch: 20 Breakout Actors, Directors & Talents From The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 28, 2014 2:40 PM
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2014 Breakout Talent From Sundance
Because we're usually far too busy for the partying and snowboarding, the highlights of the Sundance Film Festival are, of course, the movies themselves. But almost as pleasurable as the films, is discovering new voices and talent, and seeing for the first time the performers and filmmakers whose careers will grow and rise long after the locals have reclaimed Park City for another year.

Sundance Review: ‘Obvious Child’ Takes on Love, Abortion and Stand-Up Insecurity

  • By James Rocchi
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  • January 24, 2014 1:02 PM
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Obvious Child
Premiering at Sundance, “Obvious Child” is about would-be stand-up Donna Stern (Jenny Slate) and her decisions when a one-night stand results in an ill-timed unwanted pregnancy. “Obvious Child” began as a short in 20009, then hunted for crowdfunding, got it, and resulted in this feature-length Sundance 2014 debut for writer-director Gillian Robespierre. It’d be easy to make a crass joke about how, for a film about abortion, “Obvious Child” has had an unexpectedly long gestation period. That’s also about the only crass joke “Obvious Child” doesn’t make, but it’s also worth noting that despite its fearlessness and fake-tough bravado, the film never takes its circumstances or consequences lightly; Slate’s Donna Stern is cracking wise because if she didn’t, she’d probably just crack.

Former 'SNL' Star Jenny Slate to Write Live Action/CGI 'Looney Tunes' Reboot Film

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • September 20, 2012 3:50 PM
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If the runaway success of 1996's Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes collab “Space Jam” mirrored Jason Segel's solid revitalization of the Muppets in 2011, then the franchise's follow-up installment, “Looney Tunes: Back In Action,” found its spiritual partner firmly in “Muppets in Space.” While featuring enjoyable moments and performances from leads Brendan Fraser and Jenna Elfman, the film nonetheless disappointed on both critical and financial fronts. But now it appears the classic characters are getting another shot as a well-known comedy writer/performer has decided to take the reins.

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