While "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is decimating audiences this weekend, two offbeat takes on romantic comedy will charm moviegoers who appreciate quality over brain-killing idiocy.
Director Gillian Robespierre's "Obvious Child" is a witty, brutally honest take on romance. Jenny Slate, in a no-holds-barred performance that's funny and heart-warming, plays Donna, a stand-up comedienne who loses her boyfriend and her job and, after a one-night stand, becomes pregnant. Donna decides to have an abortion, and as she holds by that decision she finds the guy with whom she had the one-night stand (Jake Lacy) could, under other circumstances, be The One. The movie deals truthfully with the choices of being a modern woman. (Read The Cricket's interview with Robespierre.)
"They Came Together" is a sharp-elbowed spoof of the romantic-comedy genre, as director David Wain and his writing partner Michael Showalter (who made "Wet Hot American Summer") skewer the cliches of movie characters falling in love. Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler play along perfectly as the movie's central couple.