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Obvious Child | 2014 | R | - 6.2.7

A Manhattan standup comic (Jenny Slate) has problems: She jokes on stage and off about her life, even when she finds herself single and jobless. She rebounds in love with an MBA student (Jake Lacy) and then finds herself pregnant, with decisions to make. Also with Gabby Hoffman, Gabe Leidman, David Cross, Richard Kind and Polly Draper. Directed by Gillian Robespierre. [1:24]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman has a drunken one night stand (please see the Substance Use category for more details); they dance in their underwear (he wears a T-shirt and boxers while she wears a bra that reveals some cleavage with skimpy panties), they fall into a bed and we see them both grip a wrapped condom in their teeth and the camera cuts to morning as the woman is shown wearing the bra and we see her panties under the man's head and his bare arms above a quilt; the camera cuts to her squatting to gather her clothing and the scene ends.
 Soon after a one-night stand, a woman learns that she is pregnant and discusses the issue with her female roommate before deciding to have an abortion; she is briefly sad over this decision, but goes through with it, and the roommate says that she had an abortion and thinks sadly of it from time to time, but does not regret it. A woman's mother says that she had an illegal abortion in the 1960s and does not regret it. In a club scene, a woman announces to the audience that she is pregnant and scheduled for an abortion the next day, which is Valentine's Day and her boyfriend in the audience looks shocked and walks out; he meets her at a taxi stand the next day and accompanies her to the clinic, where he says he wants to be a dad and a grandpa someday. We see a woman's face and shoulders, (face up to the camera) as she lies in a clinic chair and we hear a soft buzzing and the scene ends.
 A woman in a restaurant chair bounces up and down fast several times (simulating intercourse) and asks an imaginary Santa Claus to help erase her memories (with sex); she turns to a man and says, "Wait until you see my gherkin," and he looks surprised. A man and a woman kiss several times. A woman tells a man that his penis is a pee-furter and that his eyes pee-missiles drilling into her as he looks at her. A man tells a woman that while drunk, she said that she could mouth-[F-word deleted] a burrito and asks if she remembers urinating in the street and she says that she does. At an apartment, a man comes out of a back room wearing a woman's tank top that reveals a lot of hair on his shoulders, arms and upper chest; another woman stands up from a couch and begins to leave as the man talks about a male friend who likes anal intercourse because vaginal intercourse is against his religious rules as a Catholic; the woman laughs and leaves the apartment as the man calls after her, "I'm going to [masturbate using crude terms], you're missing it!"
 Several scenes feature a twenty something woman doing a raunchy, self-deprecating stand-up comedy routine at a bar; she mentions "vagina" several times and says the organ makes women's underwear dirty, as if the panties are dragged through cream cheese; she says a man sat on her face for sex and she received farts in the face, making several fart sounds with her mouth; she says she sometimes masturbates; she says women in the 1960s had big bushes (pubic hair), calls her boyfriend "[anatomical term deleted] worthy" and "bangs her out" (he breaks up with her the next day); she says that she loves pregnant ladies, but is not ready to be a mother. A gay comedian tells two women that he would want to know if he got someone pregnant, but it would be the pregnant mouth of a man; he tells one of the women, who is pregnant, "You're scaring my [anatomical term deleted] off." A gay man says in different scenes that a man is "hot" and a woman is "hot." A woman in her bedroom wears a tank top that bares her arms and shoulders and in a drunken phone message to a man, she announces that she will enjoy having the kind of HPV (herpes) that nice women have. A woman says that her breasts hurt and another woman says, "Maybe you're pregnant" and asks if a condom was used; the hurting woman cannot remember if she and a man used a condom, becomes tearful and says that she is pregnant.
 A woman on a stage removes her shirt to show a sleeveless top with bra straps showing (no cleavage shown). A woman is shown wearing tight leggings that accentuate the curves of her thighs and legs. We see the bare shoulders and upper arms of a woman in a bathtub scene and the camera cuts to her shin and calf as she shaves her leg. Two women try on sweaters in a retail store's changing booth and we see bras that reveal a small amount of cleavage, bare abdomens, backs, shoulders and arms.
 A woman watches her ex-boyfriend exit his apartment with her ex-best girlfriend and she hides, goes home, and asks her roommate what is wrong with her to lose the boyfriend; the roommate says there is nothing wrong with her. A dimly lit, dirty unisex bathroom (no nudity is seen; people go there to talk) has one wall covered in layers of graffiti that is unreadable (some words may be obscenities) and a woman says the bathroom smells weird. A pregnancy test stick is shown beside a timer on a phone and as the alarm sounds, we see the plus sign for "positive" and the scene ends.
 A pregnant woman sits on a toilet with bare knees and bare lower thighs showing and says that she is urinating. A pregnant woman puts her hand to her lips, gags and bends over a toilet below the frame, presumably to vomit, but we hear and see no evidence of that as the camera cuts away.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - At a women's clinic we see a medical drawing of three female wombs and vaginas, with an egg attaching to the wall of one uterus and a woman asks for an abortion. We see a woman with her face and shoulders in close-up, face up to the camera, as she lies in a reclined clinic treatment chair and a female doctor says the procedure is starting as we hear a soft buzzing and the scene ends.
 We see long close-ups of dog feces on the bottom of a man's shoe. In a nighttime street scene, a man stands up against a fence and a woman squats at the curb; both say they are urinating, but we see and hear no related evidence and the woman stands up and says the man urinated in her face (we do not see it) and they laugh.
 In a club act a woman says three times that she would like to do a murder-suicide on a man, a woman and herself. A woman tells a friend that her female agent put her entire body in an oven. A woman calls a comedian's work "killer" (i.e. good) and the woman replies that she will be doing that (killing) at an appointment tomorrow morning (having an abortion). A woman tells a man that a male friend has shy bowels. A woman tells her adult daughter that she is wasting her 780 verbal SAT score telling diarrhea jokes.
 A woman falls asleep on a couch, has a nightmare, and startles awake with a gasp and her father puts a Sesame Street-type green smiling monster up to her face to make her laugh.


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LANGUAGE 7 - About 24 F-words and its derivatives, 6 sexual references, 19 scatological terms, 31 anatomical terms, 6 mild obscenities, name-calling (crazy, mad [crazy], sociopath, stupid, weird, weird old white men), stereotypical references to men, women, comedians, parents, grandparents, the rich, Jews, Christians, white men, Dominicans, Baby Boomers, conservative grad students, homosexuals, 2 religious profanities (GD), 9 religious exclamations (e.g. For Christ's Sake, Oh My God, Oh God, Thank God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman becomes groggy from the effects of a sedative given for an abortion and closes her eyes (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), and a woman employee of an older man whose bookshop is closing jokingly tells him that he should go away to Woodstock to enjoy music and drugs and he laughs and says that he might do that. Several scenes feature a club in which many men and women drink glasses of whiskey and mixed drinks as well as bottles of beer and glasses of wine while we see a long shelf of many liquor bottles with some wine bottles and beer taps, a woman orders two drinks of Jack Daniels and Coke, a woman at home pours a jelly jar full of wine and drinks part of it before drinking from the bottle and spitting a mouthful of wine into the jar and then drinking it all, a man and a woman drink large glasses of wine at a restaurant dinner table in a couple of scenes, two women and a man drink wine in a restaurant before going to one of their apartments and drinking more wine, a woman and her father drink wine at a dinner, a woman makes several drunken phone calls to a man and we hear her slur her speech before crying herself to sleep, a man and a woman drink several mixed drinks before going to his home and drinking wine to the point of becoming drunk (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details), and a woman on a stage drinks several bottles of beer during a comedy routine and slurs her words. A man smokes a cigarette on a sidewalk at night.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Unwed pregnancy, abortion, women comedians, profanity in comedy, working in a bar, responsible drinking, one-night stands, STDs.

MESSAGE - A sense of humor and perspective helps in handling most of life's challenges.

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