“I’m accustomed to a smooth ride
Or maybe I’m a dog who’s lost its bite
I don’t expect to be treated like a fool no more
I don’t expect to sleep through the night.”
From Obvious Child, a 1990 song by Paul Simon, part of the album The Rhythm of the Saints, recorded in Brazil and featuring the drumming collective Olodum.
It features what might be called Paul Simon’s intentionally vague metaphors, the reason his lyrics are so very layered.
It inspired a 2014 romantic comedy film of the same name. The film stars Jenny Slate as a brutally candid stand up comic who brings her most raw, personal issues to her act, until she faces a breakup, job loss, and pregnancy from a drunken one-night stand that turns out to be something much more.
Some critics called it the most honest depiction of abortion since the 1972 episode of “Maude”, which came one year prior to Roe v. Wade. No matter what you believe, the movie delivers a sensitive portrayal of the challenges in this situation for a 20-something modern woman, with comedy, without judgement.
A Kickstarter campaign helped writer/director Gillian Robespierre get her first feature film to the Sundance Film Festival in January 2014.
“The cross is in the ballpark.”