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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.

Plot:
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 demonstrated in films likeMamma MiaandJulie & Julia--andshe gets the guy. So if Nancy Meyers'sIt's Complicatedis perhaps a bit facile in the plot department, it's saved by a splendid romp of a performance by Streep (as Jane), along with her two leading men, Alec Baldwin (Jane's ex-husband, Jake) and Steve Martin (her supposed boyfriend, Adam). Meyers, as she did inSomething's Gotta GiveandBaby Boom, turns notions of over-the-hilldom--at least for women--on their ear. Streep's Jane is a contented, affluent divorcée withexcellenttaste in furnishings, happily about to preside over an empty nest and feeling just fine about it. Who should bump into, and ruin, this perfect solitude but Jane's ex, Jake, played to a pompous (and hilarious) fare-thee-well by Baldwin. "Turns out I'm a bit of a slut," chirps the sexually awakened Jane. The beauty ofIt's Complicatedis that it really isn't all that complicated--its chemistry depends on the wonderful actors (including the supporting cast of John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, and Rita Wilson) and the oft-forgotten reality that people over 25 can have great sex, and fall head over heels. --A.T. Hurley

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CastMeryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Steve Martin, Lake Bell
DirectorNancy 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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review by . May 20, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
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
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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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