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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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Jenny Slate and filmmaker Gillian Robespierre are sublime talents, but Landline drifts into sitcom clichés, when there's tons of talk about pain but little of the actual hurt.
[A] richly detailed, often moving film; it's less a slice of life than a free-spirited blurt of it.
Slate proves again to be a special talent, able to go from goofy-silly to volcanically desirous in the time it takes to gulp a Zima. Falco makes every minute of her small screen time sizzle and Quinn has great skill as a preternaturally mature teen.
A uniformly excellent cast and some genuinely moving moments make it easy to fall for, especially if you're a fan of Obvious Child's returning star, Jenny Slate.
Crumbling nuclear families are a well-worn movie genre; you could even add "in Manhattan" to that description and the examples would be many. Landline is simply another one, not appreciably worse than the average, but not much better, either.
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