The kind of minds that produce “an abortion-themed romantic comedy”

 

By Dave Andrusko

Obvious_Child_posterI’ve been meaning to get to this since last week. The subhead on the article that appeared in the uber-pro-abortion Village Voice is “A Rom-Com of One’s Own,” as in Romantic Comedy. But the headline that it follows is “Obvious Child Director Gillian Robespierre Explains Her Abortion-Themed Romantic Comedy.”

Yes, you read that correctly. Director Robespierre sees “Obvious Child” as a cross between (or at least influenced by) “When Harry Met Sally, “Crossing Delancey,” “Say Anything,” “The Graduate,” and “Annie Hall.”

Her star? Jenny Slate, formerly a bit player (for one year) on “Saturday Night Live,” best remembered (so to speak) for dropping the ultimate four-letter obscenity her first night on SNL. As the Village Voice story makes clear, these two are made for each other (as in an affinity for vulgar, adolescent humor, and bodily functions which Robespierre says is “obviously something that I need to go to therapy about. I can’t not talk about it”).

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The film, to be released June 6, started as a short, according to Inkoo Kang. Its breakthrough moment, it would appear, was when it “captivated audiences at Sundance.”

Before going into detail (which will be sketchy—all I have are a couple of news stories and the official trailer), what’s the motivation? It’s exactly what you would expect in the age of Emily Letts where women film their abortions and put their child’s death on YouTube.

On the one hand, ordinarily abortion clinics have been portrayed (according to Robespierre) to “look terrifying and [they] made technicians or nurses really scary.” Enough of that. She ran a draft of her script by Planned Parenthood (and shot the abortion appointment scene there) and in the process (again, I am not making this up) rhapsodized about how homey the place was.

“There are colors there — you can’t recreate them on a soundstage,” she told Kang. “I don’t know where they get their paint from. Like a special Planned Parenthood hardware store — these pinks and yellows. It was really warm in there.”

On the other hand, Robespierre had convinced herself that abortions are never shown in movies. Or, better put, “Obvious Child” in a reaction to movies like “Juno” which “didn’t ring true to me.” Why? The unplanned pregnancies “ended in childbirth.”

The trailer is replete with the usual run of stereotypical characters that make so many “romantic comedies” such unimaginative clunkers. We’re told the film is “ A comedy about the chances we’re taking…” “and the choices we make”…. “uproarious and refreshingly honest” …”the subversive Rom Com you’ve been wanting,” etc. , etc., etc.

The take away line: Jenny Slate is looking in the mirror, practicing what she is going “to lead with” when she tells the baby’s father what she intends to do.

“I’m having your abortion. Do you want to share dessert?” This is “subversive”?

How about dumb and tasteless, a sophomoric, morally tone-deaf attempt to reduce the death of an innocent child to a punch line.