The summer of 2017 is bringing us plenty of suprise hits in the form of original films from different genres and we love it! Studios tend to reserve these months for their franchise sequels, blockbuster films and tentpole big budget projects. We cannot forget that there is something for everyone out there and we love having variety a the box office. The problem is finding these films that may fall under the radar when they get overshadowed by the big boys. That is why we are here! We do our best to cover different types of films and when we had the chance to screen “Landline” we jumped at it! (We are still going to see it in theaters BTW) Directed by Gillian Robespierre (Obvious Child) and starring Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass, Abby Quinn, John Turturro and Edie Falco, “Landline” set in the 90’s well 1995 to be exact and centers around 2 sisters and their parents who live in New York and the husband is discovered to be having an affair. There is much more to the story but we will not ruin it in our review.
Jenny Slate is one of our favorite actresses and we adore seeing her on screen and hearing her voice as some of our favorite characters on TV and at the movies. Her role in “Landline” is a shining example of her talent and what comes across onscreen is an honest, funny and sweet performance. Lets step back a moment and get back to the film. Set in 1995 New York City we follow two sisters Jenny Slate and Abby Quinn and their parents played by Edie Falco and John Turturro and a section of their life that includes adultery, engagement, drugs and sister bonding time to name a few. From the very beginning you feel at home watching everyone on screen. The chemistry between them is super and the story has many relatable issues to everyday families. You may not think so but we have all been there to some degree. The beauty of it here is that it is tackled in a very humorous yet gentle tone and not forced down your throat. We all like a good laugh but we also like to sit there and empathize with the characters on screen.
I don’t know about you but I love the 90’s! Having a film set in the 90’s is a huge bonus for us. Funny thing is that if this story would have been set in present time it would have lost a lot of its charm. Director Gillian Robespierre has done a spectacular job capturing the essence of the time period with a ton of details from the lingo to the music all the way the fashion. All this just adds to how delightful “Landline” is and keeps you engaged in the film. The sisterly bond that forms between them as they uncover the affair there father is having is as sweet as it is sad because it takes something of that magnitude to really unite them. There is an age gap but big sis knows best because she has been through the growing pains Abby is going through. Watching there day to day life as husband and wife, Edie Falco and John Turturro showcase the downside of a relationship on the outs and can be very relatable to those that have been there. Life will get you down but it is also important to stay true and honest to each other. This can be one message derived from the film because it happens to long time couple and to the recently engaged Jenny Slate.
“Landline” definitely deserves your attention this weekend at the movies. Jenny Slate does not disappoint on screen and is a marvel on screen. We cannot wait to see more of her in her future projects. The rest of the cast does a wonderful job telling a very real story in a very honest way. It manages to maintain a sense of warmness and humor in dealing with these family issues.
LANDLINE Opens July 28
This is an Amazon Studios Release
Miami: AMC Sunset 24 , AMC Aventura 24, Regal South Beach, O Cinema Wynwood
LANDLINE Opens August 4:
Fort Lauderdale: The Classic Gateway Theatre
Palm Beach County: Living Room Theaters, Cinemark Palace 20, Regal Shadowood 16, Regal Royal Palm Beach FL
Landline – Official US Trailer – 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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Landline stars Jenny Slate (Obvious Child, “SNL”), Edie Falco (“The Sopranos,” “Nurse Jackie”), Abby Quinn (The Journey Is the Destination, The Sisterhood of Night), John Turturro (Barton Fink, Do the Right Thing, “The Night Of”), Jay Duplass (Beatriz at Dinner, “Transparent”) and Finn Wittrock (The Big Short, Unbroken).
Robespierre directs from a script she wrote with Elisabeth Holm (Obvious Child). Producers are Holm, Gigi Pritzker (Hell or High Water, The Way Way Back) and Russell Levine (A Walk in the Woods, Tallulah). Director of photography is Chris Teague (Obvious Child, People Places Things). Production designer is Kelly McGehee (American Honey, “The Affair”). Editor is Casey Brooks (Obvious Child, Plimpton!). Costume designer is Elisabeth Vastola (“Hap and Leonard,” We Are What We Are). Composer is Chris Bordeaux (Obvious Child, The Nymphets). Executive producer and OddLot’s Chief Creative Officer is Rachel Shane (Hell or High Water,Divergent).
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