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.
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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.
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 and caused
her to go after and kill criminals who she sees as a threat to
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
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".
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
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
Principal photography and production began on August 6, 2013, in
The film premiered at the
Tribeca Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival on April 21, 2014.
The film was released on November 14, 2014, by Entertainment One
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
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