Following on the heels of their breakout hit Obvious Child, star Jenny Slate and writer/director Gillian Robespierre once again tackle a thorny subject with offbeat humor, deeply felt observations and refreshing irreverence.
“A textured, silly, sweet, and deeply felt comedy.” – David Ehrlich, Indiewire
Welcome to the Manhattan of 1995: a land without cell phones, but abundant in CD listening stations, bar smoke and family dysfunction. Enter the Jacobs. Eldest daughter Dana’s (Slate) looming marriage to straight-laced Ben (Jay Duplass) prompts a willful dive into her self-destructive wild side, while her younger sister, Ali (Abby Quinn), is still in high school but leads a covert life of sex, drugs and clubbing. After discovering hidden love letters penned by their father (John Turturro), the estranged sisters band together to expose his apparent affair while keeping it from their tightly-wound, Hillary Clinton-worshiping mother (Edie Falco). Filled with winning performances that convey the emotional snarl of people’s poor choices, Landline is a brash, subversive comedy that basks in pitch-perfect ‘90s nostalgia while exploring how family bonds grow sturdier through lying, cheating and strife. (Dir. by Gillian Robespierre, 2016, USA, 93 mins., Rated R)
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