THE MEDDLER

★★★★½

Starring Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Cecily Strong, Lucy Punch, Jerrod Carmichael, Michael McKean, Jason Ritter, Sarah Baker, Casey Wilson
Directed by Lorene Scafaria
2016 / 100 Minutes / Sony Pictures Classics

Susan Sarandon is terrific as a lonely widow who moves to LA to be closer to her daughter, played by the equally great Rose Byrne. There is nothing left for her to do, but meddle in her daughter’s life. However it’s the people she meets along the way that she begins turning her attention and help to.

The Meddler is a surprising and charming little comedy/drama that I wasn’t expecting much from. There have been a lot of films in this genre lately that have been work to sit through, fortunately this one was the complete opposite. It’s funny, touching and the characters are really well written. It was refreshing watching this and being surprised by it, unlike how it felt sitting through the recent nightmare called Mother’s Day. Do your mother’s a favour and have them watch this and not that one.

Susan Sarandon is always great, but she really stands out in this in one of her best performances in years. She is a big part of why this movie works and is overall a lot of fun. Her character is hilarious and heartbreaking, but she’ll have you smiling throughout the entire movie.

The Meddler sounds like it might be a hokey lame chick flick with an unoriginal premise that only your mom will enjoy, but it will surprise many. It may be simple, but there is heart and humour here and these characters will keep you fully entertained.

Grade A-

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