Coming out of the theater following the widely acclaimed film Juno, I remember being furious. I left feeling betrayed by a so-called progressive film that depicted such backward views about women’s reproductive realities. More than that, I felt sickened by the fact that I had wasted $11 on a movie that inaccurately portrayed abortion as something scary or gross and perpetuated the myth that only women bear responsibility when it comes to babies.
Frustrated, I embarked on a mission to find people who agreed with me — but I couldn’t find any. That is, until Obvious Child, perhaps the first “abortion comedy” ever successfully made. It makes all the other films that “sorta” explore pregnancy, reproductive choices and women’s sexuality look like malarkey.
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