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  Rated PG-13 · 100 minutes · 2016
The marketing for writer/director Lorene Scafaria’s movie—and even the title, for that matter—suggests a story focused on the contentious relationship between widowed mom Marnie (Susan Sarandon) and her adult daughter, Lori (Rose Byrne), after Marnie re-locates from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be closer to her. But surprisingly little of the story actually revolves around that relationship, as Scafaria focuses instead on Marnie’s complicated road towards processing finally processing her grief, including a tentative relationship with a retired cop-turned-movie set security (a delightfully low-key J. K. Simmons). And while it’s always a shame when Byrne is in a movie yet in not nearly enough of that movie, Sarandon delivers a rich, heartbreaking performance as a woman who keeps searching for a place to put her need to be needed. It’s unfortunate that Scafaria gives in to the tired trope of building a scene around someone over the age of 50 getting stoned, especially when Sarandon is so good while Marnie is repressing her feelings. The Meddler is less about the tension between a mother and a daughter than about the tension between that mother and herself.

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Official Site: sonyclassics.com/themeddler
Director: Lorene Scafaria
Producer: Joy Wettels, Paul Green, Steve Golin, Shea Kammer and Susan Sarandon
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch, Casey Wilson, Jason Ritter, Sarah Baker, Michael McKean, Laura San Giacomo and Harry Hamlin

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Seven Days The Meddler by Rick Kisonak 05/25/2016
Boise Weekly The Lobster and The Meddler: Hard Boiled and Overdone The Lobster was rarely delightful, more often obnoxious and always confounding. In The Meddler, Susan Sarandon plays Marnie Minervini, a mother from, well, maybe not hell, but close. by George Prentice 05/18/2016

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