Typically, comedies aimed at women are romantic comedies with plucky, pretty heroines who just need to loosen up to meet Mr. Right. Obvious Child is being categorized as a romantic comedy, but that’s not right. Really it’s a self-discovery comedy, though that’s a less sexy descriptor. Like Bridesmaids, the focus isn’t shared between a will-they/they-probably-will couple, but instead centers on a woman whose struggle to grow up is sloppy yet embarrassingly relatable. She’s a hilarious hot mess, played by Jenny Slate in a performance that should damn-well launch her to stardom.
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