Obvious Child is a a new "romantic comedy" written and directed by Gillian Robespierre. It's about a twentysomething comic played by Jenny Slate who gets pregnant after a one-night-stand and chooses to have an abortion. Of course, the movie is also about more than that, but you can imagine that such a "radical" plot development will freak the fuck out of a certain extremist segment of the American public.
So, being a fan of the awfulness of many ONE STAR reviews, I have collected a number of them here from IMDB for your reading enjoyment.
"If Satan were a movie critic he'd likely give the abortion-themed romantic comedy an enthusiastic 'two horns up.'"
"This movie is a film about a skank who gets knocked up and has an abortion. Her child's corpse, which is stabbed and sucked out of her vagina, is sold as medical waste and ends up as fuel for power plants in the Northwest US."
"I felt dirty just from watching this skank on screen. In real life... we have names for people who cannot control their sexual behavior."
"I see only one woman has reviewed this, so that partially redeems women, who seem largely responsible for this mess."
"Self-pity is not a redeeming quality. There is no indication whatsoever as to why the guy falls for her, other than the fact that she seems to be available and drunk."
"So…after spending almost two hours of my life, what's my takeaway here? Abortion good, hard work bad? Some guys will date almost anyone?"
"If this was indeed about abortion, as some seem to think, it doesn't get much air time…Jenny says 'I thought about it' and leaves it at that. We have no indication as to what thoughts entered her mind. The guy has no say. Really?"
"And I'm sorry, but why the title? 'Obvious Child'? Who's the child? Jenny? If it's the aborted baby, why on earth is he/she obvious? And if it's Jenny, are we supposed to celebrate that fact that she's 28 or so and totally clueless? Is that a good thing?"
"The opening monologue by a comedian about the nature of her womenly parts should have been the first clue. The movie couldn't go downhill since it started at the bottom already."
"The constant crude language wasn't all necessary and did not endear us to the character."
"A fun look at infanticide..."
"This is a piece of baneful propaganda designed to seduce viewers into believing that the termination of a pregnancy -- to employ the widespread Orwellian euphemism for this tragic act -- is really no big deal. In fact, according to writer-director Gillian Robespierre's deplorable film, an expansion of her 2009 short of the same title, killing a baby in the womb can serve as the gateway to a bright and fulfilling future."
"Robespierre treats the taking of innocent human life as something between an unpleasant necessity -- on the order of having your wisdom teeth removed -- and a rite of passage."
"With Donna on the operating table, drugged and largely oblivious, smiling dopily as the machinery of death quietly gears up, the soothing sight is meant to convey how painless an abortion can be, at least for the mother. A better interpretation of the image, however, might be to see Donna, at that moment, as the embodiment of a society lulled to narcotic indifference by one of the oldest, most convenient and most destructive falsehoods in human history -- namely, the idea that some class or category of human beings are not in fact human, and that they are not therefore endowed by their creator with rights of which no individual and no government can ever legitimately deprive them."