With a new iPhone, an apartment near The Grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini (Susan Sarandon) has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne), 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 (J.K. Simmons).
Gets better as goes along
- The Meddler review by NC
One of those little US films, like we do the occasional little UK film. No big budget and very simple story etc. Back to basics. Gives actors a chance to just have a go. Film actually gets better as goes along. All seems a bit pointless to start with, but the characters gradually emerge. Bonus happens when J K Simmons pops in for the last half. Totally brilliant in the drumming film Whiplash. Where has he been hiding? Done loads of bit parts for years, and now gets a shot. Hopefully he will get the chance to do some more proper roles.
Sarandon not one of my favourites, always looks washed out, but maybe that is the point. A kick back from Lopez and Jolie et al.
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I can't believe this film is only 99 minutes long.
- The Meddler review by RS
It seems more like three hours. If you like movies about the inconsequential lives of neurotic, self-involved, middle class Californians then you'll love this, otherwise you'll have more fun watching paint dry.