THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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THE MEDDLER (2015)










Susan Sarandon is one heck of an actress. Yes, this is not a surprise to some (including me) but after watching The Meddler, I was reminded of that fact many times over. Marnie is recently widowed with a healthy inheritance and moves from Jersey to LA to be close to her screenwriter daughter Lori (Rose Byrne). But she can't fill all of the time on her hands so she drives her daughter crazy with incessant phone calls and texts and visits. When Lori puts some boundaries up s...he reaches out to others. For instance, an Apple Genius Bar employee (she visits often with iPhone questions) who she encourages to go to law school - and even drives him to class because he'd have to take the bus at night. She offers to finance the lesbian wedding that Lori's friend (Cecily Strong) never had. She even befriends an invalid at a hospital and helps bring she and her son together. All the while the presence of her late husband hangs over her. Sarandon is really effective - she does so much without words and conveys more with expression and movement than a lesser actor with a six page monologue. This looks like an easy part but there are a lot of levels here. JK Simmons is charming and sweet as an ex-cop she meets who raises chickens and plays Dolly Parton songs for them (even though they lay more eggs when rock music is blasting). But this is Sarandon's movie and she is damn good. Satisfying and enjoyable. In theaters this April and #30 of the countdown.

Should TLA see it? Of course!









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