The Meddler (2016)

I wish my mother liked Susan Sarandon. We could have enjoyed this together.

The basic idea is that Marnie (Sarandon) has lost her husband, and has moved to Los Angeles to be closer to her screenwriter daughter (Rose Byrne, Neighbors). Marnie cannot help but help out, and her daughter seems to be the only one that cannot appreciate it. Marnie does meddle frequently, but she always has the best intentions.

Susan Sarandon is really remarkable in this movie, and the supporting cast (including J. K. Simmons and Cecily Strong) are all fantastic. Writer/Director Lorene Scafaria picks out many amusing or poignant scenes to fill the film, and you’re left feeling like you want to call your mother–or at least pick up when she calls you.

This type of film isn’t supposed to be riveting, and I found my mind wandering at times. It’s supposed to be sweet, though, and it certainly is. The Meddler is heartwarming in so many ways. A lot of mothers have all their love to give, and they’re just looking for the right people to take it.

3

The Meddler is at the end of its theatrical run. While you wait for the DVD, I’d suggest Enough Said starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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