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The Meddler

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Lorene Scafaria

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About the Movie

With a new iPhone, an apartment near The Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini (Academy Award® Winner Susan Sarandon, Best Actress, Dead Man Walking, 1995) has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori, a successful (but still single) screenwriter, and smother her with motherly love. But when the dozens of texts, unexpected visits, and conversations dominated by unsolicited advice force Lori to draw strict personal boundaries, Marnie finds ways to channel her eternal optimism and forceful generosity to change the lives of others. While making new friends, she finds a new purpose in life and launches into an unexpected romance with a motorcycle-riding ex-cop named Zipper (Academy Award® Winner J.K. Simmons, Best Supporting Actor, Whiplash, 2014).

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 138
  • Fresh: 117
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Scafaria's sympathetic intentions fall to simplistic setups and easy resolutions. She offers the characters no significant traits beside their functions in the action; the movie coasts on the charm of the actors, whom the director coaxes to mug ... – Richard Brody, New Yorker, May 16, 2016

Fresh: Sarandon sparkles in this lightweight comedy-drama. – Rafer Guzman, Newsday, May 11, 2016

Fresh: With Sarandon in the title role, Scafaria has a winner: The actress tackles Marnie headlong, with heart and soul, trolling the fancy outdoor shopping mall for products to buy and for people to intercept and hang on to. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, May 6, 2016

Fresh: Here's a witty, solidly acted comedy that's sad at the same time. – Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 5, 2016

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Customer Reviews

The Best Comedy of 2016!

The Meddler is a hilariously charming indie film with a fantastic performance from Susan Sarandon. The story is an absolute delight & it has great themes of having to get over lost loved ones. It's definitely the most heartfelt film I've seen in a while.


Lorene Scafaria is one the best writer/directors working today! This film will make you laugh and cry. Best purchase I made since I bought my magic bottles!

Absolute must see👀

To think I almost passed this 1 up! Very well done. Great mother- daughter story as well as how we cope with grief. Highly recommend this 1 👍👼

The Meddler
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2016

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