The Meddler

The Meddler

The Meddler

Comedy-drama starring Susan Sarandon as a doting mother and divorcée trying to start a new life. Co-stars Rose Byrne (Bad Neighbours) and Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash). From writer-director Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World).

"For Marnie Minervini (Sarandon), motherhood is not a familial duty. It's a vocation. A compulsive advice-giver, the recently widowed but ceaselessly cheerful Marnie cannot stop texting, calling, and showing up unannounced at the home of her daughter, Lori (Byrne). Desperate to gain some control over her life following a messy breakup, Lori attempts to draw boundaries, but that only serves to unleash Marnie's meddling upon the greater Los Angeles area. She starts to chauffeur the nice young Apple Store clerk to his college classes. She gives thousands of dollars to a not-especially-close friend of Lori's so she can have her dream wedding. But a chance encounter with a charismatic chicken-raising rent-a-cop (a surprisingly adorable Simmons) could spark a chance for Marnie to leave her characteristic supporting role behind and finally become the star of her own life." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2015Rating: M103 minsUSA
ComedyDrama

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Variety

Variety

Sarandon is great at being good in writer-director Lorene Scafaria's loving homage to her mother's uncommonly generous personality.

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Time Out

Time Out

Sarandon's exuberant performance is delivered with care and conviction.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

The Meddler is a movie of modest charms.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Agreeably (unusually) optimistic about human relationships, despite the melancholy edging its comedy.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

Might be a bit too simplistic at times and some of the comedic choices are annoyingly broad, but it's a breezy, amiable watch.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

A sweetly comedic ode to mothers everywhere.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Not enough can be said about the terrific Sarandon, whose Marnie is reportedly based on Scafaria's own widowed mother.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Scafaria has made a deeply personal, unquestionably sincere movie -- which, alas, isn't exactly the same as a very good one.

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