Susan Sarandon plays an aging widow from New York City who follows her daughter (Rose Byrne) to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away. J.K. Simmons also stars. (PG-13 – 100 minutes)
Similar to Sally Field in “Hello, My Name is Doris” released earlier this year, Susan Sarandon gives an often over-the-top performance in “The Meddler” that is reason enough to see the new dramedy. The actress is at her absolute best as she effectively taps into the goofy and serious qualities of her character simultaneously. As a result, we are as empathetic to her plight as we are entertained by her antics. Viewers will likely emerge with a smile on their face and a newfound understanding of their own “s’mother.” Meanwhile, J.K. Simmons is incredibly charming in a supporting role.