When sisters Dana and Ali suspect their father is having an affair, cracks in their family façade begin to surface. The two sisters bond as they discover the reality of love while trying to uncover the truth about their father without their mother knowing. Set in 1990s Manhattan, Landline is a comedic drama about a family united by secrets and lies, co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre.
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This is my honest opinion of the movie; It was pretty good. I really wanted to give it 5 stars to balance out all of the people that are giving it one star, but that would be strange I guess. It's not, like, super 90's accurate, that's really not the deal here. It's just about a bunch of flawed people trying to be a family. Jenny Slate is hilarious and wonderful and Edie Falco and John Turturro are great. People are really upset about the sex and the vulgarity, it's not super graphic, it's just normal movie sex scenes with some comedy. People have sex! People curse! Yeesh!
Reviewed in the United States on November 24, 2017
This is a good movie. This shows an innocence about people even in the face of a flawed character which was present in the '90s. Nowadays everyone knows everything, they are too crass, too indignant in general. These girls are flawed but childlike, and it reminds us of the mistakes we made, albeit wrapped in a sense of innocence. These days movies and shows portray teenagers and 20 somethings with unrealistic hardness and lack of self respect. The dad is such a good actor with such sensitivity and an old soul quality. I loved watching the scenes he was in. The daughter's husband is in Transparent, and he's equally outstanding in his acting skills with his vulnerability in this movie. I gave it four stars because there is the slightest bit of cheese in the atmosphere, especially when the older daughter is in the scene, but you'll forgive her for it for some reason. This movie's audience is probably primarily teenaged girls and women in their twenties. They will enjoy it immensely. Edie Falco delivers her expected genuine performance. The younger daughter and her boyfriend have a chemistry which is better than most actors beyond their years. I recommend this movie.
Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2017
This was absolutely awful. I've had prime for years, and this is the first review I've ever written. I feel duty bound to let as many people know not to waste the few precious moments we have in life on this heinous pile of triceratops dung from Jurassic Park. But seriously, it's not a comedy, it's a drama with few funny moments. It's a bad story poorly told. The title 'Landline' and setting it in 95, I was looking forward to some nostalgia, but it was sparse. There was no real reason to set this in the 90's. And I'm going to stop now because I no longer want to waste any more of my life on this wet pile of garbage.
I grew up in the 1990s, having completed high school/college just before the dawn of social media. In today's day and age, I sometimes yearn for that time when technology did not occupy every single minute of my life. The pop culture and trends (especially the roller blade crash scene and the mix tapes) in this movie were very nostalgic and a wonderful trip down memory lane! I also enjoyed the quirky cast of characters, their complicated relationships, and the clever plot line. The story conveyed that we all make mistakes, especially in families and with loved ones, but that love can prevail in the end.
Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2017
Stars given for: plausible story, features strong female leads, the young actresses are engaging, contains a positive sister message, avoids clichés, has women prominently in the production team. It somehow misses ever getting above a well-made TV movie-with all the stigma attached. Good for lightweight entertainment.
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2018
Glad I took a risk watching even though the star rating currently posted on Amazon (in my opinion) did not correctly reflect the true quality of this film. As someone who was a teenager in the 90s, this movie brought me straight back to NYC and I literally was reliving my youth, moment by moment. (pay-phones, raves, even old schools macs with floppy disks and the list goes on) The cast, most notably Edie Falco, did a stellar job in this movie and as I said, this would have been a movie I would have easily missed if I had not pushed myself to take a chance simply b/c I wanted to see how portrayed the time period. Definitely worth watching, especially for anyone who wants to remember what NYC used to look like in a pre-9/11 world... (oh, how things have changed)
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2017
Time suck. Forced myself to finish watching it after starting and stopping 3 times. There were a few good lines but overall character development was lacking. 3 stars because it did do a good job taking me back to the 90s.