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The Meddler


US Premiere

USA | 104 MINUTES | English |


Drama, Female Director(s), Romantic Comedy, Female Screenwriter(s)
Susan Sarandon delivers a magnetic performance as doting mother supreme Marnie Minervini. After the death of her husband, Marnie crosses coasts to drop into the life of her screenwriter daughter Lori (Rose Byrne). When Lori demands boundaries, Marnie puts her interfering tendencies to uses that range from invasive to genuinely altruistic. She forces a genius behind the bar at her local Apple Store to go back to school, arranges a dream wedding for a near-stranger, and launches into a romance with a motorcycle-riding, free-range-chicken farming ex-cop named Zipper (J.K. Simmons).

Sarandon brings incredible range to the role, investing in Marnie a winning naiveté that transforms quick enough into sincerity to allow writer-director Lorene Scafaria’s sophomore feature to neatly reverse the obvious pitfalls of a loosely autobiographical comedy-drama about an overbearing mother. Rather than side with Lori, The Meddler offers a heartfelt and wryly scripted defense of a woman struggling to cope with familial loss. The result is an enjoyable send up on mother-daughter relations caught in the blazing spotlight of Los Angeles.

—Cara Cusumano


Directed by Lorene Scafaria

Lorene Scafaria is a writer, director, actor, and singer-songwriter from New Jersey. She wrote the screenplay for Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist (20808), appeared in the sci-fi indie Coherence (2014), and has written and directed Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012).
Lorene Scafaria
Lorene Scafaria
Joy Gorman Wettels
Kayla M. Emter
Brett Pawlak
Executive Producer
Paul Green, Steve Golin, Shea Krammer, Susan Sarandon
Jonathan Sadoff
Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch


Print Source
Anna Takayama
Sony Pictures Classics
New York, NY 10022
Phone: 212 833 8846
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