The Meddler (2015)

PG-13   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Romance

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An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.

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  • Megalyn Echikunwoke and Jason Ritter in The Meddler (2015)
  • J.K. Simmons in The Meddler (2015)
  • Susan Sarandon in The Meddler (2015)
  • Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne in The Meddler (2015)
  • Susan Sarandon in The Meddler (2015)
  • Susan Sarandon and Jerrod Carmichael in The Meddler (2015)

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18 September 2016 | Moviegoer19
| Sarandon Makes the Film
Characters like Marnie, the role played by Susan Sarandon in this film, I find really hard to tolerate. In fact I wasn't going to watch the film but decided to only because I knew Sarandon would elevate it. And now, having read some of the reviews here, I realize how comparable it was to Sally Field's recent film, My Name is Doris.

What these two films share in common, besides being made watchable thanks to the talents of their respective main star, is that they were character portrayals of the aging baby boomer as a childlike character.

As an aging baby boomer female myself, I found myself asking, with both films, but I'll stick to The Meddler here, did Marnie take too many drugs in her youth? Because there's something so innocent, spaced out, cutesy, and ultimately kind of brain dead, about her.

Reviewers have referred to her as happy, cheerful, smiling, caring, etc. which are all accurate, but when I ask myself, is she someone I'd like to spend time with, or even have as my mother, my answer is a resounding No. Maybe because in my own family I was the "adult child" I think I'd have to assume that role with Marnie, too. Because frankly she fits into la la land so perfectly. And I always feel that characters/people like that are able to get away with something that I can't.

Which is all to say watching The Meddler was a mixed experience.

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