“Ms Sarandon plays [Marnie] beautifully in every shade of sunshine”
Recently widowed Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) relocates from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), a successful screenwriter. When Lori pushes back against the weight of her mother’s well-intentioned but all-consuming attention, Marnie finds she must learn to refocus her inveterate optimism and generosity elsewhere. Cecily Strong (Saturday Night Live), playing a young mother, and J.K. Simmons (La La Land) as new friend Zipper help Marnie explore new possibilities.
“A coming-of-later-age story in which a mother learns to cut the cord one funny, poignant snip at a time and discovers herself in the process...Brings to mind maternal melodramas like the glorious weepie, Stella Dallas (1937)…the difference being that The Meddler is agreeably optimistic about human relationships” The New York Times