Release Date: 15 September 2016
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons
There’s something about a mother’s resolve that can both energise and infuriate. You know that their actions come from the heart, but sometimes you wish that heart would just take a chill pill and a step backwards. The mother in question in this bewitching dramedy is Marnie (Susan Sarandon). Recently widowed, she’s moved to Los Angeles to be closer to her daughter, Lori (Rose Byrne). As the title suggests, however, Marnie isn’t particularly adept at respecting boundaries, hounding her daughter with frequent calls, texts and unannounced drop-ins. But when Lori has to travel, Marnie’s left to meet others, and may even find a love interest. Far from the throwaway busybody mother tale that it may sound like, The Meddler examines grief, coping with it, and finding ways to move on. Need we say that Sarandon is brilliant?