Director Gillian Robespierre’s Obvious Child was mostly a character study, focusing on a struggling stand-up comedian played by Jenny Slate, but her follow-up movie seems to be more about an entire family of wacky characters, each with their own dark secrets and anxieties. Slate is there again, playing a newly engaged woman who isn’t crazy about where her life is going, with Abby Quinn playing a younger sister getting into some bad stuff, John Turturro as a possibly unfaithful father, and Edie Falco as the mother nobody pays attention to because they’re all too concerned by their own storylines. Also, the movie takes place in 1995, which you can tell from the clothes, the music, and the fact that Falco mentions an “app” at one point and isn’t talking about a thing on a phone.
In his Sundance review, The A.V. Club‘s own A.A. Dowd called Landline “truthful but a little sitcom-easy.” The movie will be in select theaters on July 21 and everywhere on August 4.