'Obvious Child' Takes Back the Rom Com in New Featurette

“Romantic comedies tend to write even the male character as a perfect, too good to be true kind of guy, and I don’t like that guy. I like the guy who pees and farts,” says writer/director Gillian Robespierre while describing the authenticity of her characters in a featurette the upcoming comedy Obvious Child. Obvious Child takes back the rom com and does away with silly brides, candyfloss, and Katherine Heigl. No relationship is perfect, so this unconventionally sweet film takes the rom com for a loop by asking if the perfect baby daddy—and maybe even Mr. Right—is actually that everyday guy who pees and farts on a date.

Don’t forget that you can help take back the rom com by entering to win tickets to a Toronto sneak peek of Obvious Child
(Peeing and farting in public is optional.)

Synopsis: For aspiring comedian Donna Stern, everyday life as a female twenty-something provides ample material for her hysterical and relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetically herself, joking about topics as intimate as her sex life and as crude as her day-old underwear. But when Donna winds up unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand, she is forced to face the uncomfortable realities of independent womanhood for the first time. Donna’s drunken hookup – and epic lapse in prophylactic judgment – turns out to be the beginning of a hilarious and totally unplanned journey of self-discovery and empowerment.

Anchored by a star-making performance from Jenny Slate, Obvious Child is a true Sundance gem: a heartfelt discovery packed tight with raw, energetic comedy and moments of poignant honesty and vulnerability. Writer/Director Gillian Robespierre handles the topic of Donna's unwanted pregnancy with a refreshing matter-of-factness rarely seen onscreen. And with Donna, Slate and Robespierre have crafted a character for the ages – a female that audiences will recognize, cheer for, and love.

Obvious Child opens in Toronto June 20 and in Vancouver and Montreal June 27.
Expansion begins July 4.

Poll: Shouldn't all rom coms have a love interest who pees and farts?