Thompson on Hollywood

SXSW Review: 'Obvious Child' Succeeds Admirably as an Abortion Rom-Com

Last year, Lake Bell’s wonderful “In a World” stuck to the conventional tenets of a romantic comedy while featuring the feminist theme of a woman trying to make it in the sexist industry of trailer voiceovers. This year, Gillian Robespierre’s equally winning “Obvious Child,” screening as part of SXSW's Festival Favorites program, similarly sticks to the rom-com arc while throwing in a gutsy curveball: The film’s main woman and man fall in love while getting an abortion.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 10, 2014 1:30 AM
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