It's Complicated Review


To paraphrase a line spoken by Meryl Streep in her new movie It's Complicated, it turns out she's a bit of a slut. Jane Adler (Streep) has been divorced from her ex-husband Jake (Alec Baldwin) for ten years when she shocks herself by becoming embroiled in a torrid affair with a married man: Jake.


Jake got remarried to his mistress, but now finds himself frustrated in his marriage to this younger woman and longing for Jane instead. They begin sleeping together when they meet in Manhattan for their son's college graduation. But just as it looks like Jane and Jake might end their secret affair and officially become a couple again, enter Jane's architect Adam (Steve Martin), a nice guy divorcee. Will Jane and Jake end up together again? Or will she go with Adam instead? Either way, someone will get hurt.


With a repertoire that includes Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday, What Women Want and I Love Trouble, writer-director Nancy Meyers has amassed a filmography composed of generically titled romantic comedies featuring big name stars and easy-to-digest concepts. In other words, she makes perfectly generic and harmless fluff with lead performances that make her movies passable entertainment for couples. This goes for It's Complicated as well, but this film has the benefit of starring the greatest actress of her generation who, at 60, is also enjoying the biggest commercial hot streak of her long, illustrious career.


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