The Meddler

I was surprised to find myself tearing up a couple of times during The Meddler, which is more emotional than expected and very funny. Marnie (Susan Sarandon) is a widow from New York, who follows her daughter Lori (Rose Byrne) to Los Angeles to start a new life. But Marnie does not know what to do with her time or money, so she meddles in her daughter's life as Lori tries to move on after a break-up and pursue her career as a screenwriter. Feeling rejected by her daughter, Marnie devotes herself to other people, including a lesbian couple planning a wedding and a smart young man who works at an Apple store while trying to get an education. The story is sweet and relatable, especially for anyone with an interfering parent. Sarandon and Byrne have great chemistry, while J. K. Simmons is also charming as a potential new love for Marnie. The Meddler is ultimately a very good family drama with a lot of laughs.