Writer/director Gillian Robespierre and her quirky muse Jenny Slate made waves in 2014 with their delightful and poignant Obvious Child, which dealt with the prospects of abortion in a very real and hilarious way. The film was a huge hit at the Sundance Film Festival and was critically heralded pretty much across the board, firmly planting Slate as a new indie “It” girl.

Now, they’ve teamed up again with Landline, another spot-on story about a family living in Manhattan in the 1990s, who starts to fall apart when Ali (newcomer Abby Quinn) and her older sister, Dana (Slate), find out their father (John Turturro) is cheating on their mother (Edie Falco). The film also stars Jay Duplass as Dana’s fiance, and Finn Wittrock as a former college friend Dana has a fling with. It’s slice of life-ness captivates you – and makes you laugh your ass off.

In the opening sequence, the family is in the car, driving home from their summer vacation, and singing Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” at the top of their lungs. Except Dana gets the lyrics wrong and thinks it says, “Break me a higher love,” while Ali sits there, looking at her family with disgust. It completely sets the tone for the movie.

ScreenPicks’ Kit Bowen sat down and laughed with the cast, along with Robespierre and co-writer Elisabeth Holm, about songs they’ve gotten wrong in the past. Plus, they talk about the wonderfully funny Jenny Slate.

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Landline is currently playing in select theaters. Go see it. You won’t regret it.

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