Jenny Slate’s Obvious Child is the Second Big Deal of Sundance
1:23 pm, January 21st | by Colette McIntyre
We have long been in love with Jenny Slate: once upon a time, we called upon Papa Legba and asked to be named the third bestie of Bestie x Bestie, only to discover that he didn’t accept Groupons. (Also, you apparently need a “soul.” Such a bummer.) We were pretty devastated when Slate’s brief SNL tenure ended over something so trivial as an f-bomb but the comedian has only gotten bigger and better since her dismissal. Thanks to the viral hit “Marcel the Shell With Shoes On” and guest appearances on Parks and Recreation and Kroll Show, Slate has been slowly inching towards mainstream stardom. Her breakout role in Obvious Child, a Sundance darling that was just picked up for distribution on Monday, might be the thing that finally pushes Slate over the edge.
After its January 17th premiere led to a quick building buzz, Obvious Child was acquired for North American rights by A24, Deadline reports. Dubbed an abortion comedy, the film follows Donna Stern (Slate), a struggling, twentysomething comedian who gets dumped by her cheating boyfriend and finds herself pregnant after a one-night stand. First time filmmaker Gillian Robespierre wrote and directed the project, raising production costs through the crowd-funding website Kickstarter. Hilarious and heartfelt, the film features performances from Gaby Hoffman (who is currently stealing the show as Adam’s self-destructive, Cameron-Diaz-appeasing sister on Girls), Polly Draper, David Cross, and Richard Kind.
A24 plans a theatrical release in 2014.