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It's Complicated

A movie directed by Nancy Meyers

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It's Complicated... an "adult" rom-com

  • May 20, 2011
I have always thought my parents were a bit strange. Always fun, but definitely out there. But let's be honest, who hasn't thought that about their parents and/or family. Having grown up and moved out of the house I now find myself thinking back to when I was still living under the rules of the house and the traditions my family fell into. Truth is, no matter how frustrated I get with phone calls about computer issues or TV problems because the remote won't work, there are some very good memories that I have begun to miss. I remember sitting in the theater full of movie go-ers who fit the forty and older bracket I should have felt out of place as the majority of them had at least 20 years on me, however it reminded me of what it felt like when I was back home and my parents and I would go out to the movies, or even just sitting in the living room watching movies.

It's Complicated is a romantic comedy for those married, divorced, and even the children of the married and/or divorced. I cannot believe I am about to say this.... But it is a film that reminds us that even our parents need to have fun, be happy, and... get laid. Yep, there I said it. That one thing that no child ever wants to think about, have knowledge of, or ever consider, but this films shines a light on the soul of what it is to be an adult in today's hectic and crazy world. I might even say that it might just be the ultimate romantic comedy.

Wow. Even for myself that sounds a bit over the top. I mean, I am not a fan of Alec Baldwin by any stretch of the imagination, but watching the chemistry between him and Meryl Streep, and you throw in a mix of hilarity with Steve Martin and you have a film that brings laughs and smiles from start to end. I feel that today we can no longer have the "fairy tale ending" as it doesn't exist in the way that it used to. Little girls and older women no longer look for their Prince Charming or Knight in Shining Armor, instead we are looking for "Mr. Right Now" because everyone is in such a rush to find that other someone. It's Complicated is a more mature romantic comedy that I feel is the type of happiness all little girls should be dreaming of when it comes to a relationship in the 'happily ever after' caliber. Corny I know. But the Cinderella stories no longer ring true to the "real world". Things are messy, complicated, and full of the love and love/hate relationships that we must get through before we find that happy ending... whatever it may be. It's Complicated shares a fun filled story of a divorcee who finds her place in the world and her happiness with the help of her children, and even her ex-husband. With jokes, a little scandal, some "wild sex", and a little weed these characters are grounded in what very well could be "the real world". As I sat and enjoyed the film the only thing I missed was being able to joke with my parents about the crazy things the characters was doing.

It's Complicated is a fun pile of laughs that will make you look at your parents in a whole new light. No matter what your age is, or your parents age, this film is the perfect combination of laughs and love because it reminds you of what it truly is to be a family through the good, the bad and the ugly. If you are a fan of 30 Rock you will enjoy the comedic performance by Alec Baldwin, however I found that John Krasinski's (The Office) performance as the soon-to-be son-in-law out shone the other comedians each time they were on the screen.

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May 20, 2011
Great review, Hannah! I loved this film because it is a rom-com that everyone can relate to- who hasn't had conflict and constant what if's after they've been hurt by an ex? Who hasn't had a hard time moving on? I loved how this film showed the neuroses but, made us laugh along the way. Thanks for sharing :)
May 20, 2011
I saw this on HBO last month or so, and I was surprised that I had fun with it. There were moments that it was too cartoonish, but it sure was a lot of fun. Great review!
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review by . January 19, 2010
Written and directed by Nancy Meyers   Staring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin   Universal Pictures   120 minutes      I don't see that many movies in the theater anymore, but when I saw the ads for It's Complicated, I knew I wanted to see it.  For once, I was not disappointed. This movie is a gem, a story that fits its medium beautifully.       One problem with being a writer is you tend to lose the ability …
review by . July 24, 2010
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Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin were married for 15 years and divorced for 10.  They had 3 kids together, the eldest is engaged.  Even though Baldwin is married he seems bored with his current wife,   She drags him to fertility clinics and public school meetings.  Streep has finally adjusted to the divorced life and has been running a successful French bakery.  Her friends chide her about having a man and she reluctantly admits to them that she has been celebite for years.   …
review by . April 28, 2010
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Nancy Meyers wrote and directed this film about a strange form of adultery - a form that she condones because the adulteress is the 60ish divorced mother of three and the 'victim' is the pretty young 2nd marriage gal that the husband of the 60ish woman left her for and so that must be some kind of justice....Make sense? Well it seems so to Meyers whose long string of 'feminist movies' (Father of the Bride I & II, Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday, What Women Want, The Parent Trap, etc) writes …
review by . March 10, 2010
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There is something about real life that is more romantic than fantasy.     Its Complicated takes advantage of what much of what is most endearing and funny about people who have been through child raising, marriage and career building--their genuine surprise when they fall in love. Meryl Streep plays a divorced woman with grown children who really doesn't expect to fall in love again and finds that she suddenly has two men after her. If she were 35, this would be typical romantic …
review by . January 16, 2010
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In "It's Complicated," director Nancy Meyers accomplishes what she did in her earlier film, "Something's Gotta Give"; she creates a great female character who is over fifty-five, succeeds financially in the world without a man and still has the potential and desire to not only have a fantasy romance, but to do so with gusto. Unlike other `Ms.' magazine-reading cronies of her generation, Meyers' Jane Adler (Meryl Streep) character is not afraid to admit that she is lonely and that she feels badly …
review by . January 01, 2010
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Pros: Meryl Streep, John Krasinski, some cute laughs     Cons: Treats adultery lightly, uneven performances     The Bottom Line: Looking for a light-hearted comedy? If that, and Meryl Streep are enough for you, you might like this Middle-Aged Female Fantasy Film.     Somehow, my cousin and I managed to convince our husbands to see "It's Complicated" with us.  I know that Meryl Streep never disappoints me.  I was just hoping the …
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Jane is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has - after a decade of divorce - an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Jake. But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for their son's college graduation, things start to get complicated. An innocent meal together turns into the unimaginable - an affair. With Jake remarried to the...

It's Complicated is a 2009 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Nancy Meyers, starring Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin.

Jane is a self-reliant divorcée who owns a successful bakery in Santa Barbara, California. After 10 years of separation and three grown children, she finally achieves a good relationship with her ex-husband Jake, a successful attorney who has remarried the much-younger Agness. Jane and Jake meet when out of town and attending the college graduation of their son. A dinner together develops into an affair, making Jane "the other woman". Complicating matters is Adam, an architect hired to remodel Jane’s kitchen, who is himself healing from a divorce of his own, and who has begun to fall in love with Jane. He realizes he is now part of a very strange love triangle.

It's delightful to see Meryl Streep come into her own as a romantic comedian in her later career years--after all the accolades, the Oscars, the serious-as-marble dramatic roles. Streep is in fact a true cutup, as she has ...

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Director: Nancy Meyers
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: December 25th, 2009
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2010
Runtime: 1 hr. 58 min.
Studio: Universal Pictures
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