‘The Meddler’ Review: Susan Sarandon Comedy Feels Strangely Pro-Meddling


Sarandon said that preferring Sanders to Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSusan Sarandon on Sanders: “He’s just so authentic” Sanders ready to keep fighting beyond New York Sanders: NY voter restrictions will hurt my chances MORE does not mean she can not visualize a female president. She said at a Q&A for her film “The Meddler” on Monday, “I’m a New Yorker”. That’s the character Susan Sarandon plays in the appropriately named The Meddler which opens Friday from Sony Pictures Classics after first making its World Premiere in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.

When a caller asked if she would describe her love affair with Bowie, the 69-year-old actress replied, “Absolutely not”.

She explained: “I was trying to get my inner rage”.

Perhaps because The Meddler was made by a woman director and based on a testing encounter with a mother she clearly loves, Scafaria’s comedy of maternal manners dances affectionately, if not altogether nimbly, around this cliff edge without falling over. “There’s been so many statements and shaming”. Marnie is fueled by her need to meddle in the private lives of everyone she knows, especially her grown daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), who lives 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles, where she is pursuing a career as a writer of TV sitcoms (which The Meddler imitates in spades with everything but a laugh track). “Whether she knows it or not, she’s been an object of desire for a long time”.

Susan Sarandon and J.K. Simmons in The Meddler.

Sarandon also said that the media is biased against Sanders’s quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. There are also fine supporting turns from Jerrod Carmichael as the Apple store employee she befriends, and Strong as the soon-to-be-bride she barely knows, but becomes her benefactor. But in the months leading up to the movie’s theatrical release, those reviews have been largely overshadowed by other headlines about Sarandon and her political beliefs.

Marnie’s full of advice whether it’s the best way to find a new apartment (Zillow) or the best way to conceive a baby after sex (you have to lean back a bit and let gravity help).

However, the actress recently confessed she feels she has been approaching relationships all wrong for many years.

“I think Bernie would probably encourage people, because he doesn’t have any ego in this thing”. She elicits gratitude or admiration from nearly everyone she encounters and never inspires any real anger in Lori, even when she exhibits a genuinely disturbing level of intrusiveness. I’m not getting that much sleep, but that’s alright!

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