I had some desire to see this movie, but not enough to travel far to see it, so I eventually saw it when it came out at the local art house theater. I expected it to be a well-made, lighthearted time at the movies, and that's what I got.
The film is consistently interesting, but it never really feels original, nor consequential. Writing-wise, it's a relatively simple entry into the "retirement blues" subgenre of dramedies. There were a few philosophical moments slipped in, but not nearly to the extent of the writer/director's other film, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World". A good amount of funny moments in the film do stand out, though.
The acting of the film was its strongest part. Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons both give great supporting performances, but they're not the stars of the show. Susan Sarandon steals the spotlight in this film and does it very well, playing a likable, believable protagonist. Other than the three mentioned above, nobody else really gets a chance to stand out because they are such small roles. The cinematography is also of note with some really interesting and beautiful shots.
So overall, I enjoyed "The Meddler". It's well-made and well-acted, and despite a predictable and inconsequential plot, Susan Sarandon's performance makes it worth a viewing alone.
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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