Flash Movie Review: The Meddler

Rarely did a day go by where she did not stick her head out the window to yell her son’s name. If the atmosphere in our neighborhood was conducive to producing fog, she would have been perfect as a foghorn; that is how loud and piercing her voice was from the 2nd floor window. Everyone in the neighborhood knew of her. She actually was a fun mother who was the first one to help out at any school functions and kept her home fully stocked with candy and treats for any guests. Though if you were to ask her son what he thought of her, he may have had a slightly different opinion. He always had to call her if he was going anywhere out of range from her vision. If he went over to a friend’s house he had to call her when he got there and when he was on his way home. There were a few boys who would tease him about it but the rest of us kept quiet. I thought it was better than the mothers who wanted to actually come out and play with us. Not the kind who would agree to be our pitcher if we were one player short; I am talking about the ones who wanted to participate in snowball fights or king of the hill. They would even dress in a less adult way where one would not first think they had kids; it was just weird to me. And especially when you get towards that adolescence age where you don’t want any parents around as you are feeling more independent, it can turn into an embarrassing situation.   AFTER her husband died Marnie, played by Susan Sarandon (Tammy, Robot & Frank), needed a hobby. What better one to have than her daughter Lori, played by Rose Byrne (Neighbors, Spy)? This comedic drama started out in familiar territory to the point where I thought it would become obnoxious. But here is the beauty of it; in its sly way the script took me to a whole different place. Let me start out with the acting; besides Susan there was J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Terminator Genisys) as Zipper and Cecily Strong (The Boss, The Bronze) as Jillian. I was surprised at the different type of character J.K. performed, doing a wonderful job. Then there was Susan, she was sensational in the role. The two actors really formed a connection on screen. I enjoyed the way the script took her on a journey and I am not referring to her traveling from New York City to Los Angeles; it was a well told story of an individual’s growth. Regarding the comedic scenes, I think most viewers will react favorable because of familiarity with the circumstances. Continuing with the Mother’s Day theme from the weekend I feel this film should have been the one to market more than the one I reviewed this past Monday. I recognized several mothers I knew from my childhood in this picture and did not have to hear my friend’s name being shouted out from the window.


3 ¼ stars



About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 5, 2016, in Dramedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. I’m so glad you reviewed this one. I actually searched to see if you had reviewed it sooner and was disappointed not to see your review. Lovely writing!
    So yay! I’m planning to go see this one with my daughter (22). Normally, she wouldn’t be interested, but because of Mother’s Day she’ll do it. I’ll let you know how we like it. I do like Susan Sarandon, so that’s something I’ll look forward to.

    • Such a wonderful way to spend the holiday with your daughter. I’m looking forward to hearing your take on it and btw a happy and healthy Mother’s Day to you.

      • Thank you! You’ll hear back from me soon. So happy I could share and I am very blessed with wonderful children. 🙂

      • I thought it was lovely. There were so many nice scenes and characters – really thoughtful and fun. Glad I went to see it! My daughter didn’t care for it as much, but it was nice having her company. 🙂

      • Thank you for telling me Judy. I’m so glad you enjoyed this film, but am curious why your daughter had a negative reaction to it.

      • I asked her – she said she found the “meddler” unpleasant and didn’t like watching a movie with characters that she didn’t like. One good thing – she said, “Gee, Mom, I’m glad you’re not like her!”
        I saw the humor and felt much more compassion for the character, I guess! Hope that doesn’t give away too much of the movie. 🙂

      • I love it because the movie moved her (my requirement for a film) to vocalize how glad she is you were not like the character in the movie. Thank you so much for replying back and no, you did not give too much away–good job!

      • Ha ha! That’s a great way to look at it. And thanks for the compliment about not giving away too much. I’m learning how to be less of a “meddler” in spoiling movie reviews lol!

  2. Oh yay, I do like Susan Sarandon! I don’t know if this is showing in town yet, but I already have Mother’s Day plans. It would be fun to see if my daughter wants to go with me next weekend!

  3. This looks like fun and your review makes it a wrap for me! Thanks.

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