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The ‘Obvious Child’ takeaway: Jenny Slate is a star

Tweaking Consumer Expectations Department: “Obvious Child” is being promoted as a groundbreaking topical comedy about abortion. But it’s less than that. And more. And, basically, not. Instead, it’s a warm, sympathetic, very sloppy, and often very funny little movie about a young woman who, among several other things, is not remotely ready to be a parent and knows it. She deals with the news of her unwanted pregnancy as women have for millennia: as a worse than usual day at the office.

The movie doesn’t actually have an agenda. That’s its agenda.

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