Obvious Child

Featured In Issue 191, November 2014

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Gillian Robespierre
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In "Obvious Child," aspiring comedian Donna Stern (Slate) is a female twenty-something who finds in everyday life ample material for her hysterical and relatable brand of humor. On stage, Donna is unapologetic and 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. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with cast and crew, a making-of featurette (HD 24:39), five extended scenes (HD 23:52), the 2009 original "Obvious Child" short (HD 20:53), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p AVC picture is filmic but a bit rough in appearance due to a heavy grain structure. This is especially evident in the darker scenes. While contrast is decent and blacks are deep, shadow delineation is mediocre. Fleshtones appear brownish and unnatural and other hues are a bit over-saturated. Resolution is less than stellar and generally softly focused. Overall, this is a mediocre visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventionally produced with a monaural focus throughout, except the music segments, which provide a degree of envelopment. Otherwise the soundtrack is undistinguished. Dialogue is clear and intelligible with decent spatial integration. (Gary Reber)