Landline

Landline ★★★★

This dysfunctional family dramedy was set in Manhattan in 1995. The parents (sensitive performances by John Turturo and Edie Falco) are feeling the stress of relationship secrets. But the film is really about their two daughters. First up is twenty-something Dana (innately funny and identifiable Jenny Slade), engaged to Ben (an achingly sensitive performance by Jay Duplass), and feeling pre-wedding jitters. And then there was potty-mouth, hi-school age younger sister, Ali (newcomer Abby Quinn, perfectly cast), who is living a secret life of sex, drugs and clubbing. Director Robespierre does a fine job of delineating the flawed characters from a particularly feminine perspective. The film is quite entertaining and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny. And it does nail the 1990s era perfectly.