Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Karen Leigh Hopkins|
|Produced by||Eric Brenner|
|Written by||Karen Leigh Hopkins|
James Badge Dale
|Music by||Jeff Cardoni|
|Edited by||Joan Sobel|
Rob Carliner Films
|Distributed by||Entertainment One Films|
Miss Meadows is a 2014 American thriller film written and directed by Karen Leigh Hopkins. The film stars Katie Holmes, James Badge Dale, Callan Mulvey and Stephen Bishop. The film was released on November 14, 2014, by Entertainment One Films.
Miss Mary Meadows is a young woman who works as a substitute first-grade elementary school teacher who enjoys taking long walks in her suburban neighborhood, wearing traditional clothing and tap-dancing shoes. Unknown to everyone, she is a secret vigilante who kills local thugs who accost her or when she witnesses them committing crimes. She always carries a small semi-automatic pistol in her purse and speaks in a childlike, innocent manner. She lives by herself in a small house and talks occasionally with her mother over the telephone about what she did during the day.
Investigating the vigilante killings is a local sheriff. He soon meets and develops an attraction to Miss Meadows due to her old-fashioned clothing and style of speech. When he begins to suspect that the woman he finds himself drawn to may be the suspect he is looking for, the sheriff is torn over whether to arrest her or protect her.
When Miss Meadows meets an ex-convict named Skylar, who she learns served time for molesting young children, she begins to fear for her young students' safety. When Miss Meadows approaches and threatens to kill Skylar if he continues hanging around the school or around her kids, he begins stalking her.
It is eventually revealed that all of the telephone conversations that Miss Meadows has been having with her mother over the course of the film are imaginary. As a young girl, Mary Meadows witnessed her mother's murder in a drive-by shooting outside a local church after attending the wedding of a family friend. This traumatic incident left Miss Meadows so emotionally scarred that she withdrew into a fantasy world in which she imagined that her mother was still alive, then began to go after and kill criminals whom she viewed as a threat to society.
The various criminals that Miss Meadows kills on-screen include a trucker who tries to abduct her at gunpoint in the opening scene, a young man who committed a mass shooting at a local diner, and the town's Catholic priest whom Miss Meadows finds sexually molesting a young boy.
When Miss Meadows learns that she is pregnant after a sexual encounter with the sheriff, she decides to accept his proposal to get married. On the day of the wedding, Skylar kidnaps Heather, one of Miss Meadows's students, from her house, forcing Miss Meadows to go to Skylar's house (wearing her wedding dress) to try to stop him, only to end up a captive herself. When she manages to free Heather and struggle with Skylar over her gun, the sheriff, passing by after leaving the church, sees Heather running from Skylar's house as she shouts for help. Meanwhile, Skylar takes Miss Meadows' gun from her purse, aims it at her and asks, "Do you really think you can save the world? Well, try saving your self first!" Just then, the sheriff arrives and fatally shoots Skylar in the head. Seeing Miss Meadows' gun still clutched in Skylar's hand, he notes "it has his prints now". He and Miss Meadows proceed back to the church.
One year later, Miss Meadows and the Sheriff are married; she still wears her tap shoes and he has taken up the accordion. Now parents to a baby daughter, they are content to be peculiar together. As Miss Meadows prepares to go out before dinner, the sheriff tells her "be careful"; she replies "I always am", leaves the house, and does one final little tap dance on the sidewalk.
- Katie Holmes as Miss Mary Meadows
- Anna Moravcik as Little Mary Meadows
- James Badge Dale as Sheriff
- Callan Mulvey as Skylar
- Stephen Bishop as Lt. Danny
- Tyler Corbet as Gordon
- Gregory Allen Smith as Willie
- Saidah Arrika Ekulona as Doctor
- Milly Hopkins as Sarah
- James Landry Hébert as Derek Weaver
- Ava Kolker as Heather
- Charlotte Labadie as Violet
- Elle Labadie as Rose
- Kate Linder as Trudy Navis
- Mary Kay Place as Mrs. Davenport
- Jean Smart as Mother Meadows
- Aubree Stone as Little Girl Maggie
- Harry Zinn as Minister
Miss Meadows received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 26%, based on 19 reviews, with an average rating of 4.6/10. On Metacritic, the film has a rating of 43 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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