Watch Susan Sarandon play the most believable mom of all time
Susan Sarandon has long had a comic side, and not just because she hammed it up in Rocky Horror and fired off one-liners in Thelma and Louise. The Oscar-winning actress exudes brassiness, and occasionally she picks movies like The Banger Sisters and Tammy that highlight her quirks. (Don't forget her saucy, truly underrated voice work in James and the Giant Peach as Miss Spider.) Now she's playing the most intrusive yet believable mom in the new comedy The Meddler and it's a perfect fit.
Writer/director Lorene Scafaria previously handled Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Her knack for wry, self-possessed characters suits not only Sarandon but also her costar Rose Byrne, who provided the biggest laughs in Neighbors and possibly Spy too. JK Simmons seems like he's resuming the drollness of his character in Juno here, and I'm ready for that renaissance.
Also: Sarandon's character is so believable that I can practically hear her leaving me voicemails. Shudder.
The Meddler opens April 22.