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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.

Director:

Lorene Scafaria

Writer:

Lorene Scafaria
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Sarandon ... Marnie
Rose Byrne ... Lori
J.K. Simmons ... Zipper
Jerrod Carmichael ... Freddy / Fredo
Cecily Strong ... Jillian
Lucy Punch ... Emily
Michael McKean ... Mark
Jason Ritter ... Jacob
Sarah Baker ... Elaine
Casey Wilson ... Trish
Amy Landecker ... Diane
Billy Magnussen ... Ben
Megalyn Echikunwoke ... Elise
Jo Jordan Jo Jordan ... Old Woman
Chance Bone Chance Bone ... Movie Set AD
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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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 2016 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Ma mère et moi See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,022, 24 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,265,673, 19 August 2016
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Trivia

Susan Sarandon's character references a trip to Atlantic City. Sarandon starred in the film "Atlantic City" in 1980 for which she received an Academy Award nomination. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Zipper: [Talking about his chicken] You wanna meet her?
Marnie: At your house?
Zipper: Well, she's been out at the bar most of the night but she's probably home by now.
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Soundtracks

Liar To Me
Written by Chance Bone
Performed by Chance Bone, Lennon Bone, Andrew Burri, Peter Lalish and David Lizmi
Courtesy of Chance Bone
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Cringeworthy product placement ruins the film.
1 October 2016 | by wiztwasSee all my reviews

If you are going to do product placement in a film then it needs to be subtle, this is up there with that terrible Tom Hanks film with the shipping company product placement or one of those "Mobile Phone" films form the 80's there was another film recently, that was based on a brilliant book, they changed a diary from a book to using a camera so they could do the product placement, it again ruined the film.

The story itself was probably not as bad as the commercialisation of the film.

I just wish that the distraction of bizarre elements, such as the mentioning of having purchased the places product in the initial call to her daughter, the befriending of the guy who helps her with her placed product and works in the placed product shop, the mentioning of the placed product web browser when searching the internet, her purchasing the placed product for the baby shower, her purchasing placed product for the chickens.

This is the future of cinema, it is a commercial dressed up as movie, I think it is much more than one commercial to far. This is a ruined film. Thanks placed product.

I know product placement is here to stay, but it can be done well, it can be subtle, it can be and unnoticed part of the story. But when you alter the story and insert extra elements in order to achieve extra product placements then you are at serious risk of making a bad advert instead of a good film.


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