Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre shine again in indie comedy 'Landline' – The University Daily Kansan

From left: Abby Quinn, Edie Falco and Jenny Slate appear “Landline.” 

Jenny Slate and Gillian Robespierre are one of the best actor/director pairings in the industry.

“Landline” is writer/director Robespierre’s follow-up to “Obvious Child,” the 2014 gem of an abortion rom-com flick, which might have been the best independent release of that year. Both films have the same fearless sense of humor, and both are perfect vehicles for Slate and Robespierre’s working chemistry. As collaborators, the duo has an insatiable energy unlike anything else I’ve seen on film. Writer Robespierre has found the perfect muse in actor Slate for her witty, tragic comedies about young adults who still haven’t figured out how to grow up.

In “Landline,” Slate plays Dana Jacobs, a misguided 20-something in the mid-1990s who’s terrified of stagnancy in her healthy but unvaried engagement — so much so that she has an affair with an old flame. Meanwhile, her younger sister Ali (Abby Quinn) and mother Pat (Edie Falco) are dealing with their own identity crises. Ali is a high school senior, a rebellious spirit who would rather party than apply for college. Pat is trying to sort through the aftermath of discovering her husband (John Turturro) is having an affair. Dana and Ali find comfort in each other, and later in their mother, as they struggle to figure out their place in the world.