The Meddler

The Meddler

DVD - 2016
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With a new iPhone, and apartment near the grove, and a comfortable bank account left to her by her beloved late husband, Marnie Minervini has happily relocated from New Jersey to Los Angeles to be near her daughter Lori and smother her with motherly love. 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.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE MEDD
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1,rda
DVD
videodisc
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1,rda
1 videodisc (103 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches

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redworc
Sep 01, 2017

I could 'see' so many people in these characters!

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PHAERTE1
Sep 01, 2017

I liked it a lot.

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kpelish
Aug 30, 2017

A slow start hampers this mother-daughter film as they rebuild their lives after the husband/dad dies. There are some cute moments and Susan Sarandon handles the role well, even the thankless moments of being stereotyped as an overgiving/overbearing mom.

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chetanka
Jul 27, 2017

Cute movie.

Definitely a "feel good, chick flick."

Sarandon is always a treat but there were moments in this film when Streep came to mind.

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Lovemylibrary1
May 14, 2017

Thanks super observant guy. A movie called The Meddler, that from the cover photo seems to be about a mother-daughter relationship, is a "chick flick". I just went to all of the fast and furious movies and labeled them "another car chase". Why do (what appear to be guys) see films obviously intended for a female audience and then dismissively label them "chick flick" and rate them poorly? I personally take exception to the tone. This is not your party, move on. If you don't like stories about female relationships don't see Thelma and Louise either. It might be a "chick flick".

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BridgettM
May 14, 2017

After the death of her husband, Marnie moves across the country to be near her daughter. It takes time to build a new life, and initially Marnie has a lot of time to meddle. This dramedy is neither the best nor the worst movie I've seen that focuses on a mother-daughter relationship. The Meddler is somewhere in the middle, but I thought it was done well. The movie is rated PG-13 for brief drug content.

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greatflicks
Apr 15, 2017

Chick flick not much more than that.

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COURIER3
Mar 25, 2017

A chick flick. Best part was the sound tracks and J.K. Simmons, his Harley and chickens. Rather boring.

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QuentinHayes
Mar 20, 2017

Way better than I thought it would be. The chicken-guy ex-cop as the love interest was fabulous. The bitter need to resolve grief was very deftly treated. Susan Sarandon did a great job of showing the emptiness in the middle of the eye of her character's verbal-emotional storm.

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empbee
Mar 16, 2017

A very good movie about the complexity of mother-daughter relations, control, loneliness, generosity, patient listening among others. Susan Sarandon plays the widowed mother with great finesse.

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jimg2000
Oct 24, 2016

I've got a ton of work to do, so, you know, it requires a lot of research. I'm just saying, I'm not in the position to be very entertaining right now. I don't have any good stories.
-Is there anything you wanna talk about?
Didn't you hear what I just said? What I need right now is to write. Okay? This is my office. This is my desk. These are my co-workers (two pet boxers.) If I was in a real office, you wouldn't come in and sit on my desk and pet my co-workers, would you?
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I spend... A lot of time by myself. And, well, there are a lot of hours in the day, and so sometimes I don't know what to do with them, and I call Lori... But she... Well, she doesn't... She doesn't want my advice or anything. I mean, I have nothing... Important to say. But basically, I feel great. I love my apartment. You can't beat this weather. And who doesn't love the grove? I mean, it's like living on main street in Disneyland.

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jimg2000
Oct 24, 2016

I wish my mom and I were that close.
-Aw... well, maybe, when you get older.
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What would make you happy?
-If I could be stuffed into a cannon and shot into outer space.
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I can't live here anymore. There's no safe place. I mean, just when I want to hit the eject button, you move here.
-What does that mean?
It means that I tried to book a session with my therapist to talk about my mother, and I couldn't because my mother was there!
-You told me to go talk to her after daddy died, so...
Do you understand? Eighty percent of the time the phone rings, it's you! The phone rings and I think it could be a job, or a guy, or a friend, and it's my mother! Almost every single time. Do you understand how terrible that makes me feel? ... Please, mom, I can't do this anymore. I need to get a life of my own, okay?
And so do you! I still need a ride to the airport.

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jimg2000
Oct 24, 2016

I really wouldn't know what to say.
-You just tell her that you love her no matter she's up to. You know, everybody knows their mother loves them unconditionally, but fathers have to say it out loud, I think.
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That's crazy. I would kill my daughter if she died on a motorcycle.
-Oh, this isn't a motorcycle. This is a Harley Davidson.
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Do you think there's a part of you that maybe feels guilty that you have your husband's money? Like you've been given this consolation prize... You don't know what to do with? Or maybe there's a part of you... That feels like maybe money is the way to save everybody. Or possibly even a way to stay in people's lives and be needed?

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jimg2000
Oct 24, 2016

Anyway, every year the writer's pitch the studio their ideas. And the studio picks a small percentage of those, to pay the writers to make scripts. And then out of those scripts, they pick even a smaller amount to shoot the pilot, to... I mean, shoot the film. And then out of those, a handful actually make it to the air. And then an even smaller amount actually stay on the air, like Seinfeld or something, right?
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I think it is so romantic, meeting on a movie set.
-Well, not really, I mean, plenty of people meet on movie sets. It's usually scandalous and home-wrecking.
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I mean, you are, you are real proof that when one angel leaves this earth, another one takes its place.
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I can't believe... I can't believe it's his anniversary already.
-I know, already a year. Unbelievable.
You mean two years.
-Yeah. A year from last year.

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jimg2000
Oct 24, 2016

Do you ever listen to Beyonce?
-'Course.
Yeah, you know, she has this song, "I was here." Do you know that one?
-I don't think I do.
Well, it goes, "I wanna leave my footprints in the sands of time. Know that I left something behind. When I leave this world, I leave no regrets. To know I left something to remember, so they won't forget ..."
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I miss dad. I miss my dad.
-Yeah, me too.
You know, it's really hard to look at you sometimes.
-Why?
Because half the room's missing. And we're both alone.
-We're not alone. You're not alone.
This is what you get for following the black sheep across the country.
-Well, if you're black sheep, then I'm a black sheep. We're two black sheeps.

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Dec 29, 2016

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Aug 30, 2017

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