The Meddler

Spotlight

US Premiere

USA | 104 MINUTES

THE MEDDLER

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

CAST & CREDITS

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).
Director
Lorene Scafaria
Screenwriter
Lorene Scafaria
Producer
Joy Gorman Wettels
Editor
Kayla M. Emter
Cinematographer
Brett Pawlak
Executive Producer
Paul Green, Steve Golin, Shea Krammer, Susan Sarandon
Composer
Jonathan Sadoff
Cast
Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch

CONTACTS

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Sony Pictures Classics
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