Director: Lorene Scafaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Michael McKean Verdict: Getting too involved to ever get the message
IN The Meddler, Susan Sarandon plays a recent widow named Marnie, a woman who puts the ‘mother’ in ‘smothering’.
Rather than give into her intense grief at home in New Jersey, Marnie moves all the way across America to a condo she has bought in Los Angeles.
The reason for the dramatic change of address is purely strategic. Marnie’s only child, Lori (Rose Byrne), works in Los Angeles as a screenwriter.
Now she is residing at such close range, Marnie can devote every waking moment to relentlessly bombarding her daughter with text messages, voicemails and unannounced drop-ins. Unlike other women her age who have lost their partner, Marnie is proud she has quickly gone and got herself a life. Unfortunately, Marnie does not realise that life already belongs to Lori, and she is not about to give