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Landline (2017)



Critic Consensus: Landline's talented cast -- and a fast-paced approach from director/co-writer Gillian Robespierre -- help this charming multi-generational dramedy overcome a familiar storyline.

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When two sisters suspect their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair, it sends them into a tailspin that reveals cracks in the family façade. For the first time, older sister Dana (Jenny Slate), recently engaged and struggling with her own fidelity, finds herself bonding with her wild teenage sister Ali (Abby Quinn). The two try to uncover the truth without tipping off their mother (Edie Falco) and discover the messy reality of love and sex in the process. Set in 1990s Manhattan, Landline is a warm, insightful and comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies, co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child).


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I've argued before that Slate should be the queen of modern-day rom-coms, if such a position was open. Add Landline to the evidence pile.

July 21, 2017 | Full Review…

I found myself wishing that Robespierre had uncovered something more interesting for her characters to do than act out plotlines from other movies I had already seen.

July 21, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A forlornly funny and emotionally bruising dramedy that rarely misses an opportunity to reveal humans as the flawed and occasionally awful beings that they are.

July 21, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For all the profanity and naughty behavior, it has the timid, ingratiating vibe of a television sitcom, sticking to safe and familiar emotional territory.

July 20, 2017 | Full Review…

In sweetly calibrated moments ... Landline finds the analog joy it's reaching for.

July 20, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The actors are all terrific: as Ali, Quinn has a radiant wildcat sweetness--there's fragility behind all that hissing. And Slate, with her marvelous, helium-tinged voice, is a pure pleasure to watch.

July 20, 2017 | Full Review…

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