Susan Sarandon ponders her previous movesPhoto: Sony Pictures Classics
Why I Saw It: Utterly smitten by Scafaria’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Can’t wait for more. What I Thought: Gentle and charming, and Scafaria continues to prove herself a master of soundtrack perfection. Sarandon’s at the top of her already impressive game here, and fingers crossed it’s not too nuanced a role to garner attention come springtime. Usually stories like this devolve into either wacky hamfistedness or maudlin melodrama, but Scafaria and Sarandon deliver with such delicacy that it’s a real pleasure to experience (think about what Bridesmaidscould have become, and the gem it actually is). Gold standard.
The Meddler. Dir. Lorene Scafaria (also wrote). Perf. Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons, Jerrod Carmichael, Cecily Strong, Sarah Baker, Lucy Punch, Michael McKean, Jason Ritter, Billy Magnussen, Amy Landecker, Harry Hamlin. Sony Pictures Classics, 2016.
Well-meaning, sixtysomething widow Marnie moves cross-country to live near her daughter, and experiences a bit of trouble finding her sea legs in a new life.