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The Meddler (2015)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 June 2016 (Spain)
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An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.

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An aging widow from New York City follows her daughter to Los Angeles in hopes of starting a new life after her husband passes away.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for brief drug content | See all certifications »

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3 June 2016 (Spain)  »

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A Intrometida  »

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$3,200,000 (estimated)

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$57,022 (USA) (24 April 2016)

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$4,265,673 (USA) (19 August 2016)
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The house Marnie goes to baby sit at is the house from the original A Nightmare on Elm street See more »

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When Zipper gives Marnie a ride on his Harley, they leave Du-Par's Restaurant in the Fairfax neighborhood heading north on Fairfax, then in the next shot are shown going north on Van Nuys Blvd. crossing Magnolia Blvd., which is over ten miles north in the San Fernando Valley. After that brief shot, they are shown sitting on a bench south of the Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica is nearly due west of the Fairfax area. Unless the BMW dealership in Sherman Oaks paid for a product placement, there's no reason for them to have gone so far north. See more »

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Airport Security: How was your time in New York?
Marnie: Great. My daughter shot a pilot.
[He signals another security official to come over]
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Here You Come Again
Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
Performed by Dolly Parton
Courtesy of RCA Records Nashville
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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'I would kill my daughter is she died on a motorcycle.'
6 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lorene Scafaria both wrote and directed this little film that surveys a significant issue – how do we deal with the death of a spouse? – and unfortunately turns it into a rather tepid and at times annoying diatribe of dealing with loss by meddling in others affairs while attempting to come to grips with personal issues of loss. Were it not for the presence of Susan Sarandon the film would likely have lost the following it has. Nice idea for a story but far too overstated.

The synopsis most pertinent to the story is as follows: '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 - as well as her own - and find a new purpose in life – in the form of Zipper (J.K. Simmons).'

Marnie meddles in so many other people's lives – all with good intentions and purchasing friendships with money and gifts and favors – that it dazzles the viewer. So many topical issues are covered – same sex marriage, current pop singers, peeks into Black Matters issues, social media hookups, fear by widows of starting partnerships with older men, Vaping, etc – that Marnie encounters and tries to manage by using her estate. It does get overbearing. But then the ending is so well sculpted that the tiresome first 90 minutes can be forgiven.


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