The Meddler

Do you have a mother? If so, there might be something in this little comedy that you recognize...

Writer/director Lorene Scafaria ("Seeking a Friend For the End of the World") seems to be in familiar territory. From the trailers, I was afraid this would be waaaay overdone, but to my relief, even though this mother has some boundary problems, she isn't as bad as advertised. And she DOES have a good heart.

Scafaria assembled this sterling cast:
  • Susan Sarandon ("Tammy") Marnie is still mourning the death of her husband in Brooklyn two years ago but she's getting a bad feeling about her daughter in L.A.
  • Rose Byrne ("Spy") TV scriptwriter Lori is mourning the betrayal of her lover a few months ago AND the death of her father. Now she has to go to NYC to shoot a pilot. (Try telling THAT to the guy at the airport!)
  • Jason Ritter ("Gravity Falls") Jacob is the one who got away from Lori.
  • Jerrod Carmichael ("Neighbors") Freddie shows Marnie how to make her iPod work.
  • Jo Jordan ("The Last Resort") The old woman in the hospital keeps making those peculiar motions with her hand.
  • J.K. Simmons ("Whiplash") Zipper does NOT have a motorcycle, he has a Harley! (Is that Simmons doing his own singing? Wow!)
  • Michael McKean ("Better Call Saul") Mark is mistaken for a serial killer. Yowch!
  • Cecily Strong ("The Boss") Jillian gets a dream wedding to the woman of her dreams.
This is PG-13, so expect little or no profanity but our gal DOES eat some marijuana to hide it from a traffic cop. This is refreshingly free of Computer Generated Imaging and blowie uppie stuff. Furthermore, I didn't even SEE a gun! Wow!

This won't win any awards, but it's entertaining and Sarandon has found a comfortable niche for her considerable talents.