Thursday, September 8, 2016

Movie Review: The Meddler (2016)

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The Meddler (2016) - Written and Directed by Lorene Scafaria; Starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, Cecily Strong, J.K. Simmons, Michael McKean, Lucy Punch, Jerrod Carmichael, Jason Ritter, Casey Wilson.

By Kenny Howell

Susan Sarandon gives a terrific performance as an overbearing mother who can't stop herself from helping everyone and smothering her daughter in this solid dramedy.

Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend at the End of the World) could have just stopped with just that concept, Sarandon's Marnie could have just been a hovering mother to her depressed daughter, and it would have been a dime a dozen comedy. But she goes farther with it, and makes the movie about why she is exactly like that, slowly revealing it over the film.

When we open, Marnie has just moved to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter. She lived in New Jersey, but after the death of her husband, she decides to be with Lori, portrayed by Rose Byrne (The Place Beyond the Pines), who works in the film industry. She has gone through a recent breakup, and just wants distance from her mom who is constantly trying to fix everything.

Being shut out a bit by her daughter, Marnie turns to the people around her, including Lori's friends and even a guy who works at the Genius Bar at the Apple Store. They gladly accept her favors, and it feeds Marnie's need to help.

The movie belongs to Sarandon (Robot & Frank), who gives one of her better performances in the last several years. There is a lot more depth to Marnie than just being overbearing, and Sarandon perfectly encapsulates that, the real reasons being just below the surface. The film doesn't try to break any new ground, but it is solid throughout, and Sarandon is the foundation that holds it together.

Rating: ***

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