Katie Holmes, armed and dainty in vigilante satire "Miss Meadows"

Wed Apr 23, 2014 9:25am EDT
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Do not mess with Miss Meadows, the tap dancing elementary school teacher played by actress Katie Holmes in the new film of the same name that has premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

She is a dainty sprite, bordering on fey in the mold of French film heroine "Amelie." But she also has some serious issues.

Decked out in frilly ankle socks and flowery dresses, she is armed and just a little bit trigger happy, especially when would-be rapists or child molesters enter her sights.

She tends to punctuate meet-ups with a decidedly non-ironic "toodle-loo," and as described by one of the cops on her trail in "Miss Meadows" is a "pulp fiction Mary Poppins."

But her mission to clear the streets of bad people is complicated when she falls for a local sheriff, played by James Badge Dale ("World War Z," and "Parkland.")

"I'm a fan of strong women, and I like seeing them on screen," Holmes said of the vigilante heroine she portrays in the film.

"I liked her spirit," Holmes added. "She was delightful and believed in what she was doing and the integrity of her mind."

The vigilante satire co-stars three-time Emmy-award winner Jean Smart ("Samantha Who?" and "Frasier") and Mary Kay Place, who also won an Emmy for comedy series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman."   Continued...

Actress Katie Holmes arrives for the Donna Karan New York show during New York Fashion Week February 10, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri