Landline (2017)

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Edie Falco and John Turturro as Jenny Slate’s parents? The casting director of Landline is NOT fucking around. How perfect.

I didn’t love Robespierre and Slate’s previous collab, Obvious Child, as much as I probably should have but this one really worked wonders on me. The jokes are thick and fast, effortlessly delivered by the stellar cast who all feel like they have finally been offered the kind of parts they deserve. The whole thing is just beautifully pitched and observed. Never rises above mid-level, human stakes and is all the better for it. It even puts its period setting to good use. How many sex scenes have you seen that are interrupted by a skipping boom box? But doesn’t that just feel like the realest thing?

Speaking of real. Isn’t Jenny Slate just a pure fucking delight? That laugh could end wars. With all the bad shit going on in the world, just watching her perform and laugh that laugh makes everything seem better. Such a natural performer with oodles of charisma. She’s so natural and likeable that even if Trump blows up the world and we all die in hellfire, at least we got to watch Jenny Slate be charming in a bunch of stuff. See Landline, it’s one of the most satisfying films of the year.

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