Dunham’s ‘Sharp Stick’ Features Film’s First ‘Abortion Baby Shower’

Lena Dunham swerves immediately into the tradition wars, whether or not she means to or not.

Critics X-rayed her HBO sequence, “Girls,” throughout its six-year run over each sexual taboo and revelation. She used a sexual metaphor to inform voters to pull the lever for President Barack Obama in 2012.

And her latest clothes line for bigger girls received hammered in the press for not being woke sufficient.

Dunham’s latest venture, “Sharp Stick,” is heading in the identical route. Except this time it’s clear the movie’s co-star and creator is cheering it on.

The movie follows a 20-something lady named Sarah Jo (Kristine Froseth) exploring her sexuality for the primary time. Critics describe the naive character as somebody with a digital test record of sexual adventures she’s keen to complete.

Dunham performs an actual property agent whose husband (Jon Bernthal) is one in every of Sarah Jo’s sexual conquests.

The “Girls” co-creator is not any stranger to sexually adventurous characters, nevertheless it’s a brand new wrinkle in “Sharp Stick” that will trigger a stir.


Sarah Jo’s mom, performed by display veteran Jennifer Jason Leigh, throws her daughter an “abortion child bathe” at one level within the film.

It’s the following step up from the pro-choice motion’s “shout your abortion” battle cry.

Liberal movie critic Roger Moore famous the second will certainly get people’s attention, and that’s no accident.

Yeah, Ms. Millennial is aware of learn how to get consideration and throw just a little shock in together with her branded model of sexual adventurism.

Dunham describes the creative process behind the abortion baby shower sequence to

That was a type of concepts the place I used to be like: can she try this and we nonetheless consider that she’s doing it and believes that it’s the work of a loving mom? It was a type of issues the place, at every stage, I stored going “is that this going to vanish?” And then it was like the concept had held simply sufficient for me to be excited. Then, once I wrote the scene, it held simply sufficient for me to be excited. When they acted the scene and introduced issues to it I couldn’t have even imagined. Then it abruptly turned a constructing block of the film.

The movie is incomes decidedly tepid opinions, at greatest. The A.V. Club referred to as it one of many year’s worst films, whereas its Rotten Tomatoes rating hovers round 47 p.c after each its Sundance Film Festival debut earlier this yr and July 29 launch date in choose cities.

The film opens throughout America Aug. 5.

The movie’s pageant launch got here earlier than the latest Roe v. Wade Supreme Court reversal. That shift may give “Sharp Stick” a lift in progressive hamlets throughout the nation.

Or, “Sharp Stick” might be Dunham’s newest business disappointment. Her HBO sequence “Camping” lasted however one season, as did “Generation.”



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