“Obvious Child” is, as Jenny Slate says in her interview with the Forward, a modern film with ”the heart of a really classic romantic comedy.” Girl loses guy. Girl obsesses unnecessarily over lost guy.
Girl sinks to further lows. Girl pulls herself together, partly because of the existence of New Guy. Misunderstandings give way to understandings.
It’s a film that’s not revolutionary because it’s about abortion, rather but because (much like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Greenberg”) the abortion is used not as a punishment. Instead, it signals a positive choice, an affirmative change in a character’s trajectory. It may not be happy, but it shows a woman’s ownership of her mistakes, entering the driver’s seat of one’s own life.