Sarandon has been around for decades and given us so much pleasure over the years. She's been missing for a while, so to see her displaying her amazing range of talent is one of the joys of the year. Without the help of prosthetic, fancy outfits, gimmicks, or any far fetched, silly writing that now passes as comedy, we're given a comedy that builds upon the natural turn of events in most of society. Here's a woman who is transitioning into discovering and realizing what is like to start a new part of her life.She plays a "recent" widow who has flown across the continent <more>
to distance herself from her previous life and seek the company of those she loves the most. Unfortunately for her, she can't complete the cycles, connect with her daughter, so she compensates by creating a new circle of friends, and it becomes apparent that she has much to give, money, love, time, and more. Yet, nothing will work out until she's able to close the previous chapter of her life.Sarandon is excellent at using facial expressions to let us see what's coming and any reaction she has, without the need of much dialog. She asks simple questions, but they're loaded, letting us learn much about her and her new choice of friends. It's wonderful to see surprising reactions to new turn of events. When she visits her in-laws, we learn what she loves and fears the most. We understand the nature of her relationships, the love she was a part of, the immense holes she needs to fill. Much like, Fields, in a recent and wonderful and quirky performance, she must learn to adapt, live with her new companions and give herself a chance so she can discover how wonderful she's and how much she really needs and deserves.
Superb film - a gem, beautifully performed and understated. (by pbreeze)
Once in a while, a film touches you on a deeper level. It is gentle, unpredictable and thought provoking. This is such a film. Beautifully acted, Susan Sarandon carries the scenes on her own. It is one of her best performances since Dead Man walking.Films are so often obvious. They can be absurd even, but this film was so true to life. Expect the unexpected and actually things don't add up and you can't just fit things into a box with a neat little bow. Life is confusing, chaotic and beautiful. It's real. That's it and this film shows it all fully without covering up the <more>
details. And yet things aren't always said, they are implied or hinted at. I love it.I love a film that leaves you wondering, yet already knowing. Thanks for this.I don't usually write a film review, well hardly ever, but today I felt I needed to write one about The Meddler - enjoy.
I didn't quite know what to expect of this film but was delightfully entertained and informed. I could identify with the main character in wanting to share my inheritance upon the death of my beloved too. I think the term "meddler" was a bit harsh but perhaps apt in the instance of her relationship with her daughter. The acting and cinematography were very good. And it was a delight to see two of my favorite character actors from "The Closer" within it: Chief Pope and Sgt Gabriel; what a treat! All subjects were treated with dignity except perhaps the pregnancy test <more>
but I can overlook that. All in all, I recommend this film to all mature folks, who filled the auditorium when I saw it and seemed to greatly enjoy it!
The hardened hearts out there only want sex and violence (by Missoulamovies)
-spoiler alert-Nobody likes movies about people, just people, anymore. This movie is sweet, well written, and ends on a happy note. Quit trying to be wanna be movie critics and just enjoy a grown-up movie. And duh, no movie with J.K. Simmons in it is ever bad. Especially with the chickens. Go Griz.
Fun loving feel good film of one coming to terms with life and their self in a new form. (by blanbrn)
"The Meddler" says it all it's a film that's the tale of an aging widow who starts a new path still she wants to meddle in and out of everyone else's life, so this film is feel good and fun yet teaches a lesson to be happy with yourself and accept change. Susan Sarandon is Marnie a New York widow who moves to Los Angeles to start a new life. And soon Marnie involves herself with everything and everyone including her grown daughter Lori's Rose Byrne life as she even follows Lori to her work on film and TV sets. Marnie is a giving character from helping black teenage <more>
boys seek their dreams to helping old dying folks at the hospital to having dreams of falling in love with a man and she meets him in the form of Zipper J.K. Simmons . Thru it all a lot is learned about life and people as Marnie learns she can be to strong and over bearing learning in the end to accept life, people, and things for the way they are.
'THE MEDDLER': Four Stars Out of Five Comedy-drama flick about a widow; that's desperate to try and help her depressed single daughter get her life back on track. She begins helping numerous other people, she meets, instead. The movie stars Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons. It was written and directed by Lorene Scafaria who also helmed the amazing 'SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD' . I really enjoyed this film!Marnie Sarandon is an elder widow; who recently moved to Los Angeles to be with her daughter Lori Byrne . Lori was recently dumped by her <more>
boyfriend, Jacob Jason Ritter , and she's still upset about it. Marnie tries to help Lori, get over her ex, but Lori doesn't want her meddling. Marnie begins helping other people, she meets in the city, instead. The movie is funny, and extremely sweet. Sarandon is fantastic in the lead, and I always love J.K. Simmons. The mother/daughter relationship is very touching, and the romance is moving as well; but it's all the random people Marnie meets, and helps, that is the most beautiful thing to watch about this movie. I really enjoyed it.Watch our movie review show 'MOVIE TALK' at: https://youtu.be/_3w7EWxV5vg
Review: A Mother's Love Honored in Heartwarming 'The Meddler' (by cinemacy)
Sometimes, the end of the world comes about in two ways. There's the scenario in which the actual apocalypse strikes, bringing about the general destruction of planet Earth and its beings. And then there is the time when one loses a parent.In her first and now second back-to-back feature films, writer/director Lorene Scafaria has explored both end-of-days events, as well as the common theme of having her characters forced to find levity and comedy in, and finding the will to carry on amidst, the face of such devastating events – but only taking real-life experience from the latter.In <more>
Scafaria's follow-up to her directorial debut, 2012's 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World', the 'Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist' scribe offers an altogether joyful and uplifting tale of human life realism that, though still tinged with some mournful and heartbreaking tone, explores with such heart what happens after someone's world ends, the new reality that must then be accepted and the snags in life that come with it.In Scafaria's own tale of personal devastation, the writer and director learned of her father's passing when in the middle of shooting 'Seeking a Friend'. Shocked, distraught, and altogether dazed, her mother proceeded to fly out to comfort and support her daughter through the production and finishing of the movie, and subsequently, becoming a new part of her daughter's crazed world.'The Meddler' is exactly that story, a loving tribute of a film from Scafaria to and about her mother, and how the pair were faced with figuring out how the other fits into their lives. Marnie Susan Sarandon , a spirited, life-affirming, if only slightly overbearing woman, so well- intentioned and good-hearted that she sees no boundaries or personal space between her and the people whose lives she stumbles into, and inadvertently helps in such genuine and caring ways. Her sunny and eager-to-assist disposition are great for everyone around her, including her daughter's new bride-to-be friend Jillian Cecily Strong and retired officer of the law "Zipper" J.K. Simmons , who also manages to catch her eye – everyone, that is, except for her recently single and anxiety-ridden daughter Lori Rose Byrne .Scafaria shows Sarandon's wholesome meddling, but in such a loving way that Marnie's entire character is one that can't help but be looked at as endearing, sentimental, and caring in that classic, overly-attentive "mom" kind of way a running joke shows Marnie leaving voicemail upon voicemail to a Lori, only asking her daughter to text her to make sure she's OK . Sarandon here is a true joy – this movie is a vehicle around the star, and she doesn't disappoint when on screen in the beauty department as well , even when the story lacks in urgency or real development.As a movie, 'The Meddler' is pretty much just a series of situationally-comedic events – she buys an iPad for a baby shower present, accidentally gets stoned when trying to get rid of a younger friend's bag of pot, and walks onto a movie set and becomes an "extra." The winning factor is that Sarandon herself shows so much life, still so comedically and dramatically deft and sharp, which should tickle the middle-aged-mom crowd out there.'The Meddler', if not the most challenging or complex look at familial loss beyond being a good time, is a highly personal film. Scafaria's near-autobiographical film, that seeks to win over audiences with its funny look at a tragic life, feels tonally reminiscent of writer/director Maya Forbes' 2014 dramedy 'Infinitely Polar Bear', in which Mark Ruffalo stars as Forbes' manic- depressive father, telling a story of morose nature but with light-hearted and optimistic fever. And like that film, 'The Meddler' wins audiences over by its message of how important it is to continue to smile – to live – in the face of grief. Because the end of one world also means the beginning of a new one.