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The biggest hurdle an audience might have with Landline is finding a character with whom they can enter the story, but once we get there, it's a mostly worthy ride to an uncertain but hopeful conclusion.
Landline feels like a quality TV pilot for a cable-based or streaming-service family dramedy. Like its 1990s setting, the film is a throwback to an era when such content was turned into movies and not binge-watched vehicles for former big-name stars.
Wistful nostalgia is a big part of Landline's charm. Luckily, we have [Gillian] Robespierre and [Jenny] Slate to make sure that it's brought to us with all the quirk (sometimes a bit too much), charm, and hilarity that's become their trademark.
Overall, Landline is a decent depiction of a fruitless family at the crossroads. However, both Robespierre and Slate do once again deliver the comical confusion at the root of feminine angst and self-doubt.