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It's Complicated is a 2010 romantic comedy staring Meryl Streep (Jane), Steve Martin (Adam) and Alec Baldwin (Jake).
I first watched this on my sister in law's recommendation as she told me it was absolutely hilarious and as I do quite like a good rom com I needed very little persuading to be honest.
=== The plot ===
The story focuses on the life of Jane. She has been divorced for the last ten years, she is still single but is finally feeling comfortable with her life. She has good friends, she is developing her house just like she always wanted, her kids have grown up to be people she can be proud of, but as the youngest moves out to go to college, it seems that a bit of loneliness might start to creep in. However, loneliness is not Jane's fate here and her life suddenly gets more exciting and unpredictable than it has been for a long time! On a trip to New York for her son's graduation she ends up getting drunk and reminiscing with her ex husband. One thing leads to another and they end up having an affair. While all this is going on, another love interest comes onto the scene and Jane finds that even when more mature in years, relationships can still end up getting very complicated!
I found it quite refreshing to have a rom com with older people rather than the typical stories about people in their 20s and 30s. This does mean there is more chance for a complicated back story, baggage and issues which younger couples don't have, so it was a bit different.
=== The characters ===
I really like the characters in this film. I love Meryl Streep and think she is a great actress. I am sure most people agree with me, although discussing this film with my sister just now on email she wrote "i didnt know ur a streep lover, u have gone down in my estimation"! LOL - so obviously there are some out there who don't like her! Anyway, Streep does play the character of Jane well and convincingly. There is a lot of humour and some parts had me laughing out loud, but she always has some deeper emotion and vulnerability to her character. I think she comes across very believeably in her relationship to her three children in the film and you can see her insecurity when getting physical again with her ex after 10 years and wondering what he will think, although this brings a lot of opportunities for humour!
Alec Baldwin's character Jake is really funny as he is quite over the top and full of bravado and tries to be charming. I think he seems quite a caracature but he does it in quite a loveable way even though he is a bit slimy, so I did find myself rooting for them to get back together. He is pretty much the opposite of the other love interest played by Steve Martin. In general I am not really a big fan of Steve Martin as there is just something about him that doesn't appeal (don't know why) but I did find his character grew on me throughout and I started to warm to him.
The characters of the children are quite good too, but the best is definitely the older daughter's fiance Harley who is played by John Krasinski, who is better known as Jim in the American version of the series The Office. He has such a comedy face at times and there are some scenes in here which really cracked me up when Harley accidentally found himself in the middle of some awkward situations.
I would definitely say it has a good cast and likeable characters.
=== Suitability ===
This is rated 15 and states "contains moderate drug use and moderate sex references".
=== Soundtrack ===
The film has an enjoyable soundtrack, which is quite laid back and includes some older songs such as Wouldn't It Be Nice by the Beach Boys, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing by Leo Sayer, Don't Do Me Like That by Tom Petty. It has a feel good atmosphere to it.
=== DVD ===
The run time is 1 hour 55 minutes and there is an extra 21 minutes of bonus material. I have not watched this material, but it includes a "making of" feature and a commentary.
Subtitles are available on the DVD.
=== Overall ===
I really enjoyed this film and I found it hilarious in parts but it is also sweet and heartwarming. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys the rom com genre, any fans of Meryl Streep or anyone who wants some light entertainment as long as they are not offended by some sex jokes.
Okay, so a film like this isn't something I'd normally watch let alone admit to watching. The DVD was in the house and I felt like something light hearted to watch that required minimal effort; this met my expectations of being quite an average romcom.
It's complicated was written and directed by Nancy Meyers (who has worked on writing, producing and directing many flicks, especially in this genre, such as What Women Want, Father Of The Bride and The Holiday), so she's got plenty of experience in the genre, which would probably be classed as a 'RomCom'.
We're introduced to Jane and Jake (played by Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin respectively), a divorced couple who are attending their son's graduation. Jake is now married to a younger woman, which, as you can imagine, wouldn't exactly be a confidence booster for Jane, the older ex-wife 'left on the shelf'. The two hook back up during this reunion and it seems as if an old flame is being re-ignited.
Enter Adam (Steve Martin), an architect who seems to be gradually falling for Jane. Jane knows she's a free spirit right now, playing mistress to her ex whilst another man starts drooling over her too. But what is it she wants? Where does Jane's heart lie, and which man will win it in the end?
I won't say any more on the plot, mostly because there's not really anything ground-breaking to say. It's fairly straightforward and unoriginal in this respect, falling into the 'romantic' category well as the love triangle escalates. The overall tone to the film was quite light and comical, with the script moulded to fit in some wit, but mostly just comical edges to sex-related scenes and age-related relationship jokes.
Streep, Baldwin and Martin make up the trio and it's a strong cast, with others including Mary Kay Place, John Krasinski and Hunter Parrish. Each character was played well, even though for the most part characters seemed somewhat underdeveloped. Thankfully, Streep was excellent as Jane, allowing us to empathise with her character a bit and understand her motivations. However, the focus on Jane and the love triangle does seem to point the film more towards a female audience, in particular perhaps older females due to the context. I wouldn't say there was much in the way of appeal for other viewers, with most jokes and events revolving around this specific situation.
I would say that the film felt like good quality, helped by the A-list cast. It came across as something easy to watch and light-hearted, without being overly and continually sentimental or soppy. Whilst I didn't think it was too sickly sweet or 'romantic', I didn't find myself laugh out loud and I was quite bored by it in parts. It seemed to go slowly to me and as I'm not really a fan of this genre anyway, I found it difficult to pick out any memorable bits or aspects that I really enjoyed over the fact that it kept me out of trouble for just over an hour.
Released 2011, rated Certificate 15
Selling on Amazon for £5.28
Jane is starting to feel a little bereft from her quickly growing up children, especially now she is often alone in the house now her youngest daughter has finally gone off to college. While attending her son's high school graduation, she mistakenly hooks with her ex-husband Jake, who now happens to be (un)happily to his much younger wife Agness. She quickly aims to put a stop to it, especially when Jake starts getting a little too over-friendly with her again, but when he sees Jane enjoying dinner with her architect Adam, he gets even more jealous and obsessive. Cue Jane trying to break away from her ex-husband despite his best intentions to do otherwise, trying to forge new relationships and some pretty hilarious antics in between. Will Jane be able to get rid of Jake or is he destined to never go away?!
This is a film I have been meaning to watch for so long, since I first saw adverts for its cinematic release actually. I forgot to add it to my Lovefilm list, so when I went to stay with my parents and saw that they had a copy on their shelf, I pinched it and took it home ready to watch. Again, I never got around to it and was finally reminded to when my mum came to stay a few weeks. I was a little worried it wasn't the sort of thing to watch with my mother but it was just a hilarious and brilliant movie that had us both in fits of laughter (despite the fact my mum has now seen it 3 times!) and I loved every minute... so much so that I bought myself my own copy in Sainsburys sale for just £1.. bargain of the year!
First of all, I have to say I love Mery Streep. I don't think the woman can do any wrong on screen, she's so easy to watch and I think she is such a diverse actress. It is her that really made me want to watch this film, and she is so perfect for the lead role of Jane, the woman who has finally moved on from her divorce and is really taking controlling of her life. Streep can say more in 1 look than a lot of actresses can in 500 words and she really exercises this well in this film, one lift scene sticks in my mind! She has such good chemistry with Alec Baldwin who plays her ex-husband Jake, the two are just hilarious and work so well together, his over-enthusiasm compared with her shocked and horrified reactions pair perfectly, and it is comedy gold when they really get going, from Baldwin in particular it has to be said. Baldwin is great as the charming but dim Jake who thought he had it all but quickly realises he lost everything that meant something. While you dislike Jake as a viewer, Baldwin's hilarious performance does endear you to him somewhat and while he's a pig, I couldn't help but like him a tiny bit!
I do have give kudos to Steve Martin in this film as well. He plays architect Adam, who soon becomes a love interest of Jane's, much to the anger of Jake. I did think his character was a little dull at first, nothing special and sort of faded into the background, especially compared to Baldwin's outgoing and enthusiastic performance. However, Martin really came into his own when the infamous "pot" scene comes up, involving both he and Streep. I have not laughed so hard in a long time, and even now I giggle when I think about that scene. It was fantastic to see Martin and Streep just completely letting go as their characters, and you just cannot help but laugh at them and the things that happen, you just couldn't make it up! But seriously, he was a great actor in this film, and certainly the guy you are gunning for Jane to be with by the end because he's just so nice!
It's true that there isn't anything particularly new about this film and its ideas, but what I did like is that it represented older couples dealing with the same issues that are bandied about in films with much younger couples, and finding complications in areas their younger counter-parts wouldn't necessarily do so. Having said that, it doesn't exclude the younger audience at all and I found it a joy to watch from start to finish. In fact, I like the way Jake's new relationship doesn't anywhere match up to his fantasies and he craves the stability and relationship he had with his ex-wife.. there's a good message in there about the grass not always being greener... especially when it comes with a young and annoying child in tow!
The setting of the film mainly evolves around Jane's home, and her bakery, both of which were very visually pleasing. I don't remember too much about the soundtrack, it worked well for the film but nothing much stood out to me except that they had tried to put modern music in and it did work quite well, but again, nothing really stood out to me. However, the comedy was brilliant, the jokes were spot on and not at all over-acted, but that is what you get from casting such high calibre actors - they know how to do it without being OTT and unnecessary. It was just hilarious, I honestly laughed from start to finish, cringed in parts and sat wondering how it would end for Jane, and to be honest, it all ended perfectly both for the viewer and how you want it to go for these characters. As you can probably tell, I can't recommend this film highly enough. It's hilarious, sweet, modern and most of all incredibly enjoyable. Give it a go, you won't regret it!
Meryl Streep ... Jane
Steve Martin ... Adam
Alec Baldwin ... Jake
John Krasinski ... Harley
Lake Bell ... Agness
Mary Kay Place ... Joanne
Rita Wilson ... Trisha
Written and Directed by Nancy Meyers
Runnning Time: 120 minutes
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This is a FILM ONLY review, as we watched this at a mate's house, but we do now plan to buy it for my mum and my better half's mum, as it is pretty good fun.
During his son's college graduation, Jane (Meryl Streep) catches up with her ex-husband, Jake (Alec Baldwin), Jake left her for a younger woman he had an affair with and who he is now married to.
Unfortunately as the couple catch up, reminisce and enjoy each others company, laughs and bottles of wine turn into something more complicated as they sleep together. To make matters even more complicated Jake is now smitten with Jane, but she meets a nice but slightly introverted architect, Adam (Steve Martin) who is everything Jake isn't (Both in good and bad ways). As a woman who has looked after her kids for twenty years without the distraction of men, Jane is confused, empowered and then confused again as to what to do for the best.
It's complicated is a modern romance in many ways, but in others has all the hallmarks of an old Hollywood comedy romance with Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. This is a film where the casting is absolutely spot on. Alec Baldwin builds on his success in 30 Rock and has a great time, as the charming yet unreliable Jake, he makes his character brash enough to seem exciting, but vulnerable enough in moments for you to appreciate that he regrets leaving his old life for his new one. Meryl Streep continues in her quest to make acting fun again, she has a ball, she bakes cakes, gets drunk, has fun with 2 different men, but underneath it all, she never really does anything morally wrong (well ok, she does a few things, but she excuses them as they were done to her, by the person she is now doing them to!!), so remains as the moral compass and centre of the film. Steve Martin is very good, in a quiet understated way, he really is good as somebody who has been badly hurt by his ex wife and tentatively makes advances to Jane. You actually do feel for all three characters in different ways, and for me that is down to some good writing, but some excellent acting.
Add in John Krasinski as the son-in-law who is the only person who works out what is going on and you have an excellent cast, as always he is excellent with his subtle use of comedy, I have to say I found the three kids a bit annoying for the most part, but thankfully their parts aren't built up enough for this to ever really be an issue.
The story is good, it starts strongly, keeps up the pace until about 70 minutes in, when unfortunately it builds towards a climax which is more of a whimper. I understand the ending and in many senses it is a good one, but it wasn't the ending I wanted and that stopped it being a great film for me, but it is still a very good one, with sharp writing, witty one liners and comic moments, such as Alec Baldwin accidentally exposing himself on the internet. The comedy is well played and never too nasty.
It did remind me a lot of the old romantic comedies where the two leads spark off each other, Streep and Baldwin really do work brilliantly together and their chemistry is obvious to anyone, the direction is well paced and thoughtful without being easy at any point which was also very good.
I think this is a 4 out of 5 film, it could be classified as a chick flick, but it really isn't, it is a film which both men and women can enjoy equally, it is funny, charming, intelligent and grown up, but with silly bits thrown in to.
It made me laugh out loud and really get lost in the story which is a real plus, it's not a film that would change the world, but it is a film which will make you happy, so enjoy it. My only real issue with the film was Steve Martin's face, what is going on with it, it really looks odd and very plastic, it is distracting and you do wonder why nobody brings this up at any point, I presume its plastic surgery gone slightly wrong, but it does make you feel even sorrier for his slightly unlucky character!!
Jane and Jake Adler have been divorced for 10 years. Jane has a very successful bakery and is working on having her new house renovated and extended. Jake has a very different life, he is re marred to a much younger woman who has a young son and is desperate for another baby. Jane and Jake are drawn back together at their sons graduation and somehow a spark between them re-ignites.
Jane is happy to be seeing a new and different side to Jake but her emotions are thrown when she meets Adam, her architect. Will Jane and Jake become a couple again or is Jane's future supposed to be with Adam?
I have been looking forward to seeing this film as it star three very good actors and I thought with them teaming up the film would be something special and very funny, I have to say I was not let down at all with the film and it lived up to all of my expectations. The storyline was very good and I found it seemed to work better as there was a comedy element in to. I think had this been a serious film them it would have got slightly boring.
The acting from all involved was very good. Meryl Streep took the role of Jane and she played the part perfectly. I loved how she shoed both a lively and happy side but also let us see just how vulnerable she was. She had a good on screen presence and delivered all of her lines with ease and made them all believable. I liked how she bought her age into the story as this shows that love happens at all ages and times of people lives and not just to the young like most films show. She worked well with Alec Baldwin who played the part of her ex-husband Jake and I found there was a good natural chemistry between them both. Alec played a nice character but could not get rid of the fact he was having an affair and I did feel sorry for his current wife even though she was not a nice person. He played the sneaking around with ease and I loved some of the little sneaky tricks he did. He did however not always come across as genuine and I did find there were places when I thought he was being overly smarmy to get Jane into bed.
Steve Martin played the role of Adam, the first thing I noticed about him was his appearance, he had clearly had a lot of work done on his face as his line shad all gone and he was not able to make many facial expressions, he was also very orange and did not look very natural. Despite his appearance he did play a nice role and I was able to warm to him. I felt sorry for him in places but at other times I felt like giving him a kick up the bum to get him to say something or act on something instead of being so shy. He was good but maybe he should have been slightly more confident and brave.
We had a lot of good support actors in the film and they were all very good. The children of Jane and Jake were good and I loved how they dealt with things and how they noticed the change in both their Mom and Dad. I also liked the friends of Jane who she got drunk with and had a right good laugh with as this did bring some good fun moments to the film.
The film was set in America in the present time so no real effort was needed with the costumes or the props. They were all good and in keeping with the film and for me the bakery scenes were the best as we got to see some wonderful fattening foods. I also enjoyed the views we got around Jane's house. The clothes were all very modern and so too was the music. I found the soundtrack to be great and really suitable for the film. Some of the tracks really stood out but we did have one or two which blended into the background and went pretty much unnoticed.
There are some very funny moments in the film and they are mainly from Jane and Jake, they were able to bounce off each other with ease and I felt very comfortable watching them both together. Another part which did have both me and hubby laughing out loud was when Jane smoked the pot and got Adam to have some. Them played this scene excellently and I loved watching them being daft. The humour is mainly spoken gags but there are a few funny visual gags.
The DVD which we have does have some bonus features which include:-
The making of It's Complicated
I have not watched either of these so I am not able to make comment on them.
The running time of the film is 1 hour and 55 minutes and I found this to be a good length with the story moving at a good steady pace from start to finish. The rate is a 15 as there are some mild sex and drug references and I do agree with this. We paid just £5 for the DVD from Tesco and I feel it is well worth this price.
I am very happy to give this film the full 5 stars as it s funny, has a great storyline and the acting is excellent. It is the perfect film for when you want a good funny and light hearted watch which does not require a lot of concentration.
I'm a fan of Meryl Streep and Steve Martin's movies so I couldn't wait to get this on DVD as I watched this at the cinema when it was out and enjoyed it very much that i asked for it for my birthday.
It's such a funny movie about a divorced woman (Meryl Streep) who ends up having an affair with her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin) who left her to marry a younger woman.
She then ends up dating and falling for another man (Steve Martin) who is helping to extend her house (which made me jealous and wish i had a beautiful house just like her's). At the end of the film she has to decide which man she wants to keep.
It's a great film that you can watch when you want cheering up or fancy a romcom, i found myself laughing with Meryl over the fact she was doing the same thing the young woman had done to her and that was cheating on the young woman's husband.
Some LOL (laugh out loud) moments from Streep, Baldwin and Martin over a joint. They make this film funny to watch and make you want to watch it again and again as you notice things you didn't see the first time.
I have made all my family and friends go out to buy it as i enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to anybody who is a fan of Streep, Martin or Baldwin to buy it and watch it or just love the comedy style films.
The running time is about 1 hour and 50 minutes which is just right for this movie.
It's Complicated is a 2009 movie staring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. I watched it for the first time this weekend and absolutely loved it, it had me in stitches most of the time and tears as well as it's a romantic comedy that really touches the heart strings in my opinion.
Meryl Streep plays Jane. She was once married to Jake, Alec Baldwin but after his affair they broke up and 10 years have now passed. He has married the young girl he had an affair with and is raising her child. Jane has now learned to move on from her divorce and is getting on rather well with her life but admits to being lonely. She has three grown children who she is very close with but as happens to us all they have their own lives and are often busy leading them, leaving her alone most of the time. They have a great relationship but this was the one part of the movie I didn't really like. The relationship seemed too perfect and almost a bit false as they were all so nice to each other all the time and I mean all the time. The brother and sisters were always hugging and hanging out as well as one of the sisters fiancee but it just seemed a bit too cookie cutter perfect for me! Having said that, that was really the only bit or dynamic of the movie I did not like.
Jane and Jake are cordial but don't really mix well together until one fateful night in New York at their sons graduation and they embark upon an affair. This is definitely the funny part of the movie to see all their antics, that is if you can get over the fact that they are having an affair. Ok, they were married once but Jake is now married and trying for a baby with his other wife so you could kind of look at him as not really a nice man and one that just plays both women and has his cake and eats it. I did find this a bit hard to get my head around but he feels like he never really stopped loving his wife although I kind of see him as quite a sad, needy man.
Watching them together though was quite funny, they are now in their 50's so Jane was worried about him seeing her naked as things had drooped and moved a bit since the last time they were naked together and there is also a very funny scene involving a computer screen and a camera.
At the same time as this is going on Jane is also starting to have feeling for her architect, Steve Martin, playing the character Adam. I though he was quite a wimpey, boring guy but for some reason she seems to like him and things progress there also.
In the end things do come to a head in all the relationships and the path she takes is an interesting one and really does make you think what you would do in that situation, would you make the same choice she does?
According to an article I read, it currently has a total gross of $112,927,070 in North America and a total of $214,727,200 worldwide.
"Its Complicated" is a 2009 Romantic Comedy film directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Alec Baldwin, Meryl Streep and Steve Martin.
Jane ( Meryl Streep ) is a successful businesswoman and divorcee living in California, she has a good relationship with her ex-husband Jake ( Alec Baldwin ) only achieved after many years and their three children having grown up, also Jake has re-married the much younger Agness ( Lake Bell )
They both attend their son's graduation ceremony in New York and accidentally end up in the same bar, after having dinner together they get drunk and end up having sex, something which Jake is thrilled with, however Jane is less than enthusiastic and thinks its all a mistake, however over the next few days and weeks Jake pursuades Jane for them to continue their "Affair" behind the back's of their children and Jake's wife.
Jane must juggle feelings of doing wrong, yet powerful urges she has repressed for many years, also complicating things are a burgeoning relationship with her new Architect ( Steve Martin ) and she must decide to explore a new love, or to continue her affair with an old love.
It's Complicated is a predictable enough romantic comedy that will certainly appeal to the "Chick Flick" crowd, the plot is unique and I like the idea of a long divorced couple finding themselves in "Lust" again. also what sets this slightly higher than the average "Rom-Com" is the chemistry between Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep, you genuined buy them as a divorced couple who have come to terms with their situation and are able to get along.
The rest of the cast do a good enough job however I don't think this movie will stretch any of their acting muscles, the movie ends predicably and you follow the story all the way, but you know exactly whats going to happen before it actually does.
Despite a lack of originality, "Its Complicated" is worth a look and should tick the boxes if you're looking for a date night movie with the Wife / Husband / Girlfriend / Boyfriend / Date !
Some ten years after their divorce Jake and Jane somehow end up in bed together after their son's graduation. In ordinary circumstances this wouldn't be a problem but Jake is married to a younger woman whom he left Jane for 10years previously. That doesn't seem to stop him from embarking on an affair with Jane. To make matters even more complicated the architect working on Jane's extension has taken a liking to her and she quite likes him too. Of course she has to decide whether she wants the ex husband more than the architect and life suddenly becomes incredibly hectic for Jane.
Obviously this wasn't my first choice of films to watch but when Jen suggested it I thought I might as well give it a try. It is directed by Nancy Meyers who had previously been the director responsible for What Women Want, a film I had surprisingly enjoyed. I have to admit that my expectations weren't exactly high but with a cast that included Steve Martin, Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin it seemed safe to suggest that this would at least be a mildly amusing romantic comedy. It also struck me from initial impressions that I wouldn't need to concentrate too hard on the plot and from the beginning that became very evident.
It would appear from Nancy Myers track record that she is fairly adept at creating this type of movie, both from a director's perspective as well as a writer. Having combined her two talents on this film it was certain that the end product would have matched her intentions and desire for what this film should be whilst writing it. The result is a reasonably funny movie that entertains and doesn't drag on longer than it should do. Of course there is nothing new about the type of story, but with reasonably amusing characters and actors with terrific comical timing.
The direction on the whole is exactly what was needed. This was never going to be a visually outstanding piece of cinema but it does exactly what you need it to do. All of the scenes are well set out and clear with close up shots being used when they are required. It's a film that doesn't require you to think and if you take it on face value as a simple, yet effective romantic comedy then you'll get exactly what you are expecting. If you are looking for something that offers you something new and original or will keep you thinking then this certainly isn't the movie for you.
In all of the lead stars they have well-established actors who without too much real effort seem to breeze through the script. In fact it was hard to really say that any of the three leads really stood out. Of course Meryl Streep looked assured, as Jane Adler but it was the sort of role you got the feeling she could have done with her eyes closed. There are a number of funny scenes involving all three leads and they all seem to play off each other's screen presence with relative ease. In particular the love/hate relationship between Streep and Baldwin seemed to come across particularly well.
Of course this is exactly what you would expect with actors such as these and when you combine Streep and Baldwin with Steve Martin it is at least a recipe for some reasonable comedy. The downside is of course that these characters aren't new and have been seen numerous times before. That doesn't really detract from the movies entertainment value, it just lessens the appeal it may have as it adds itself to a long list of romantic comedies based on similar script patterns.
Overall it is simply a reasonable romantic comedy. It doesn't break any new ground and in fact is just another take on what has become a tried and tested formula for Romantic comedies over the years. It's a movie that in one way or another will make you laugh if you are looking for simple comedy. If on the other hand you want something ground breaking then give this a wide birth. As I seem to be persuaded into watching more and more romantic comedies I have started to see that this is the life blood of the genre and while there is nothing particularly new here it is an amusing movie that lasts for just over an hour and a half and watched in the right circumstances will make you laugh.
It's Complicated is the 2009 American Rom Com starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. It's Written and directed by Nancy Meyers of What Women Want, The Holiday, Something's Gotta give and The Parent Trap fame. With a fair number of relatively innocuous films under her belt I saw the latest attempt at her tradecraft as a hopeful and exciting prospect, based on the cast alone.
Let's be clear about one thing concerning this film, it has some incredible acting from the three on screen heavy weights. The big three work brilliantly together and have excellent chemistry and sparkle, comedy timing has been honed over a lifetime in films and the sympathy and empathy they evoke in the audience is honestly quite enthralling. I am however disappointed that this films only redeeming features are these three sublime and familiar faces. They carry the script and the plot with ease and a certain panache but it is unfortunate that screenplay itself just does not hold up against other films in the genre. It was released on the back of Avatar and Sherlock Holmes - so understandably it would fall behind them in it's opening week but worse than that it fell behind Alvin and the Chipmunks!...
The story is pretty formulaic and appealing to pretty well anyone in a family let alone anyone who's family has gone through at least some trials and tribulations. Basically the two divorced parent figures start up an affair and have to keep it from their family and respective partners - there are a few curtailed glimpses of real life and some aspects of sentiment surrounding the children and home life that has changed over the years but the majority of this film feels like a bad essay that is full of padding and no real content. It's easy to watch without any real annoyance except that the assumption a real life broken family gets on as well as they do on the screen here...
Truthfully I wouldn't sit down and watch it again, it would be a waste of time, there is nothing else you can gain from watching it over and over, in a vast genre of peaks and toughs this movie really hits some low points and I genuinely fell that the three main Actors in the film will look back and wonder "why did we do that"?...
If I were you, I'd select something else and not give in to your other half who insists that this is definitely going to be really funny and worth watching... I give the film a huge thumbs down and my partner well...she's dead now,
She's not dead.
Movie Length: 121 minutes
Category: comedy / romance
Director: Nancy Meyers
Country: United States
Meryl Streep as Jane Adler
Alec Baldwin and Jake Adler
Steve Martin and Adam Schaffer
John Krasinski as Harley
Lake Bell as Agness Adler
The story is about Jane Adler, a woman in her fifties. About some ten years ago she and her husband separate because he left her for a younger woman. They have three grown children, the last is just about go on to university and therefore also leaves home. As a result Jane is suddenly all alone in the house but she's not the type that stays at home. She is an owner of a successful bakery and wants to rebuild the house. She and her ex, Jake finally have a good relationship with each other, which means that they talk to each other, but of course it still hurts for Jane when she sees him with that younger woman who he's now married with. But her life also goes on and the contractor of the renovation of her house shows interest in her and she decides to go out with him. Only when her ex-husband suddenly stands at the door and wants an affair with her, she certainly can't resist, but it makes things a lot more complicated!
You've the famous Meryl Streep in the film as Jane Adler and I must say that she sets a great performance. She is very natural and credible as the woman who has difficulty with her children becoming adults and of course the wife of her ex-husband. She feels therefore supreme when she begins an affair with her ex Jake. She shows well the emotions emerge and certainly has a sense of humor. Alec Baldwin plays the ex and sets a good performance. I found it very credible how these two interact, and indeed it seems like they know each other for years. Very nice to see. Another famous actor is Steve Martin, who plays the contractor. He falls for Jane, but is also just separated and is therefore very cautious. He plays more a supporting role and he put his stamp on the movie. Very good actors!
You have unfortunately only one extra on the DVD and that is the making of the film. This gives us a nice look behind the scenes and includes some interviews with the actors. Certainly nice to have a look after seeing the film.
When I saw the DVD I thought it would be more a sweet romantic movie that would not be very funny, but he really surprised me, and I even found it fun to watch. There's a lot of humor in this movie and the actors are very well. It's certainly not just a sweet movie, since Jane and Jack first meet up just for the sex and even go to a hotel. Jane goes out with Adam and has a joint, so not really sweet and boring. There are only a few weaker moments in the film, but overall he is certainly wonderfully entertaining.
I had wanted to watch this for as long as I can remember! Starring my most favorite actress Meryl Streep, It's Complicated also stars Alec Baldwin and funny man Steve Martin.
It's Complicated follows Jane and Jake, a divorced couple who rekindle their long lost love when they reunite for their son's graduation ceremony. Jake is already married to a much younger woman(who has a son from her past relation) and Jane had finally(after 10 years of divorce) settled in her divorced life. And then there is Adam(played by Steve Martin), who is affectionate towards Jane. And when there are three grown up children involved too, it makes matters more complicated.
It's Complicated works on many levels- it is highly entertaining and yet it is a 'slice of life' film where you can relate to the characters and with what is going on screen. The idea of rekindled love between divorced couple has never been shown in such a charming way, the screenplay deserves a lot of credit for that. Not for a moment are you bored and it never aims to be an artistic film or anything close to it. But at the heart of it, there lies a strong emotional quotient. The film goes through a graph of its own and builds up for a meaningful ending. Don't expect a candy floss climax. As the title aptly suggests, the ending can't be all that simple. Complicated it is!
Meryl Streep has nothing to prove as an actor, her reign over the past decades have made her the most respected female actress alive, and this is another feather in her cap. She is fantastic throughout, delivering a performance that speaks so much more because of her expressions. Steve Martin surprised me as Adam, I never imagined him giving a controlled performance. Alec Baldwin is the only weakest link in the film. How I wish it was a different actor playing Jake!
Its complicated is a beautiful film, funny at most parts and soulful in the remaining bits. A film that you can't afford to miss out!
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This film has some good names in it and after seeing the trailers I knew this was a film I wanted to see. A romcom that perhaps the older generation would also enjoy! I will say that most of the funny bits are in the trailer but it's still a good, funny film to watch! Perhaps somewhat empty and disappointing at the end, but a fun film nonetheless.
Jane (Meryl Streep) is divorced from her husband Jake (Alec Baldwin). They have grown up children, and somehow at her son's graduation ceremony, they end up sleeping together. Despite them saying they will never do it again, the affair carries on, even when Jane starts dating her architect Adam (Steve Martin). Jake has a girlfriend of his own too, and sooner or later they are both going to have to choose.
Like I said, it's a romcom but instead of having twenty somethings claiming to know all about love, we have fifty somethings doing it here instead. It's more believable in a way because Jake and Jane have a history together. They have children together. So it's somewhat understandable that there might still be love or lust left there from years ago. There are plenty of laughs along the way, with the two of them nearly getting caught out, and other slapstick situations that occur. Meryl Streep puts in a good performance as Jane. Jane is set in her ways but is lonely and wants some excitement in her life, so the affair gives her a thrill. Her logical side tells her its wrong, but her lonely side tells her she needs to experience something exciting in her life.
Alex Baldwin as Jake is good as well. He actually does comedy rather well and he should do it more often. However great and actor I think he is though, I think the character Jake is a bit of a smarmy letch who thinks he knows it all. If I was Jane I wouldn't have let him anywhere near me! And then we have Steve Martin as Adam. Adam is helping Jane to extend her house, and is a sweet, dependable kind of guy - very similar to Jane in fact. He falls for Jane in a big way especially when she's encouraging him to do daring and exciting stuff - mainly because she wants their relationship to exceed the excitement she is getting from her and Jake's affair.
All in all the actors all do a good job and are very believable. There's some good support from the children and their partners, notably John Krasinski (from The Office in the States) who has some great comic timing! The film itself was directed and written by Nancy Myers who has given us such films as The Holiday and What Women Want. If you like those two films I can guarantee you'll like this film. It probably doesn't end as happily as those two films (not that it's a bad ending, just a bit unsatisfying perhaps), and perhaps it's not quite as good script wise, but it's got all the same sort of humour. It's not laugh out loud, fall off your seat funny. It's got a lot of, oh my god I can't believe she just did that humour. And chuckling at things that remind you of things that have happened to you. Its not Nancys best work but its still a good film.
All in all, I thought this film was good. I don't want to give it 3 out of 5 because I think its worth more than that. A 3.5 would have been my score but I will give it a 4 because that's all I can do here! Definitely worth a look on DVD I feel. For me, it's a great film, but I am a lover of all things romantic and comedy!!
It's complicated is a film starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. It is based around Jane (Streep) and her relationship with her ex-husband Jake (Baldwin). When the separated pair attend their son's graduation they get a bit tipsy and end up in bed with each other. Having had an amazing breath taking time they continue to have an affair behind their current partners back and unbeknown to their children also. Streep then meets a new architect Adam (Martin) who is going to help her design an extension to her home for a new kitchen she has always dreamed of (she is a baker) and he becomes attracted to Jane and this could be the beginning of something great.
Having been divorced for 10 years and Jake having remarried a much younger model who has a brat of a son who Jake finds hard to deal with, he seems to see the affair with his ex-wife as something that was missing but for Jane although the sex is great she still sees the same man she married and the reasons they are now divorced but there is something that drives her back to him leaving poor Adam in his shadow.
Having seen the trailers for this film it looked like it could have been a really good film with a great cast but unfortunately I think we see all the best bits in these trailers. I actually got a bit bored after a while and was just waiting for the film to end. There are some great humorous parts but again these are seen in the trailers (the nude webcam shot)
I watched Streep with amazement as the majority of the film she was smiling and beaming. I am not exaggerating, she just seemed to be having a ball in this movie and I wish I could have her spirit for life. You would not believe that she is 60 years old. She is utterly in her prime! She really makes this movie better than it was.
Baldwin had his usual charisma and played the charmer really well but nothing stood out.
With Martin I was really confused to see him playing a part like this as he was really reserved and not his usual clowning self. It just didn't seem right, he was quiet and retained and not his normal stereotypical character at all. Maybe he is trying to steer away from that genre who knows? There is no denying he can act as good as the other two main characters though but he wasn't really given a chance here as although he was a main character we didn't see enough of him.
John Krasinski as Harley (Streep's daughter's fiancé) is quite funny here as he learns of the divorced couples antics and does bring a bit of comedy to the film and he almost reminds me of Vince Vaughn in a strange way but with the other children there is nothing really memorable there.
This movie just plods along really until Adam and Jane go to a party and do something that is quite funny if not cringe worthy but that is probably the only highlight of the film for me apart from Streep's performance.
Overall I do applaud the director though for doing a romantic comedy based on the elderly lady and making her sexy and in control! Saying that though this should appeal to women of all ages and give us hope that men can still fight over you no matter what your age!
When I saw trailers for It's Complicated back in September 2009 I thought I was in for a very good film when I saw the trailer. The actors are fantastic, the film was from a good Director and it looked like a good film that I'd enjoy. Before the snow came, I managed to get to the cinema to see this. Here's my opinion.
Meryl Streep- Jane
Steve Martin- Adam
Alec Baldwin- Jake
John Krasinksi- Harley
Lake Bell- Agness
During her sons College Graduation, Jane (Streep) ends up in the bed of her ex-husband (Baldwin). What is supposed to just be a onetime thing, still carry's on when they get home, despite the fact that both are continuing other relationships. Will Jane have to choose between the smitten architect and the ex husband who once cheated on her?
I wasn't too sure about this film but from the moment I heard about it back in September I knew it had to be good, mainly due to the actors. I saw a lot of the trailers on the internet and I have to say that the trailers did show the best bits to be honest, I know this is what they're meant to do, but I was expecting a lot more after seeing the trailers and I didn't get the film I was really expecting.
There is no denying that it was a good and enjoyable film, and the acting from the main three was above par, but it's really to be expected when you have people like Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep in your film; however the film was just not really there. It wasn't as brilliant as I was expecting and I hate to say it but I think the actors were better than the actual film was, meaning that they just wern't able to produce the film that they should have produced.
The acting was brilliant, there is no denying that. Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep were fantastic; the chemistry kept the film going when it should have died. I really do think that Meryl deserves the nominations that she's getting for this film so far, her performance is nowhere near the performance she gave in Julie and Julia but it is still unlike I've seen her before and what amazed me was the fact that she's in her 60's, she really doesn't look that she's that age.
This is technically a chick flick and I hate to say it but the film is very different due to the fact that the lead characters are of a certain age, unlike most chick flicks where they're all 25-30 ish. I think because of this difference and the brilliant acting the film is very good and above par to a lot of the romantic comedies you are used to seeing. Steve Martin actually disappointed me a lot within the film, I'm so used to seeing him messing around and there was only one scene where he actually made me laugh which bothered me a little. The rest of the characters produced quite a few comical moments but the one actor that we knew is comical didn't really deliver.
The rest of the characters were good, but there was no real star within the movie, the kids were slightly annoying throughout the whole movie and the script did not really give them much to work with. The one actor within the film that was worth talking about other than the main characters was John Krasinski, who had a very small part but made me laugh throughout the whole film. A very good up and coming actor, whom I think will do very well.
So far when I'm writing this review, there are rumours that Meryl Streep is up for a Best Actress for this film at the 82nd Academy Awards. This will be her 1000th nomination, but this year there are rumours she might be up for two films in the same category, and in my opinion her performance in Julie and Julia beats this one out of the park.
Apparently Nancy Myers who directed and wrote this film is up for Best Screenplay at the Golden Globes, I have to say I won't agree with this if she wins as the screenplay wasn't the best and if any other actors were in the lead roles it would have flopped.
Nancy Myers is not a newbie to Directing, she really should be a role model for me, being a very talented and very well known female Director, and however I don't seem to enjoy her films as much as I should. There always seems to be something missing. Most of you would have heard of What Women Want or The Holiday.
This film was good; however the screenplay which she also wrote was just not up to par. The only reason it really worked was because of the actors. I'm not saying her Direction within the film wasn't good, some of the scenes were lovely and she directed the three leads brilliantly, however I'm not sure that it was all her direction and not the actors amazing talent. It wasn't obvious that it wasn't the best Direction when I watched the film, but now in hindsight I look back and think, was that Streeps amazing talent or was it the good Direction and I usually fall back into think it was Streep.
If you liked What Women want then I'm sure that you might enjoy this film, however there was something missing and I am really struggling to see why, it just wasn't as enjoyable as I think it should have been.
The main reason why this film is even watchable was the fact that you have three of the best actors within it, there is no denying that Streep, Baldwin and Martin are fantastic actors, and Streep especially shone in this film. I haven't seen her in a role like this before and I think it suited her personality brilliantly and she was the only reason why the film sort of worked.
There was a few jokes within the movie, I don't think I really laughed out loud during the film, but I did chuckle now and then which is always good, the comedy I think should have been more prominent and I felt a bit cheated in places.
The comedy was far and few between, there wasn't really any laugh out loud moments and really I would have expected it to be a very funny film, and was disappointed due to this. Streep, Baldwin and especially Martin are known for being great comic actors, but they never really got the chance to really show it within this movie.
The next bad point does fall in with the good point above, yes the acting was very good within the movie, but I really don't think that Baldwin and Martin were given a good enough script to deliver an amazing performance. Martin's performance was quite boring and considering it's him, I really expected something really funny and really good, but he gets quite annoying during the film and in the scenes with Streep even she can't make up for the poor performance.
The last main problem is the fact that half way through the film, I kept on attempting to look at my watch to see the time, it felt like I had been in the cinema hours. It was so slow in places and it dragged on and on, I think it was a bit too long especially at 2 hours long, I really do think that romantic comedies should only be 90 minutes long, but like other Nancy Myers films they do excess this time.
It is the weakest Myers film that I have seen, and considering the mess that was The Holiday that's saying something. Like The Holiday it wasn't a bad film, however it just had something missing, something that really never let you connect with the film and because of this you started to go 'who really cares' and this is not a good thing when watching a film.
The film does have some good moments, that is why I have given it an OK rate, but the good is mainly just down to the brilliant Meryl Streep, who really deserves all the nominations and wins she has got. The bad however does outweigh the good in places, I have a feeling that the reason why the film is Ok, is not because of Myers Direction but because of the 'good actors'.
Steve Martin character never really gets the chance to develop so for him it never really gets anywhere and it is one of his weaker performances, but he didn't have much to work with anyway. The rest of the cast are OK, but just nothing special.
If you liked What Women Want, then this film might be for you, I really don't recommend wasting a £5 cinema ticket on the film however, as it is just a bit too much for this film. I would recommend renting it to just get your own opinion, but to my friends I wouldn't recommend this film.
Director: Nancy Myers
Release Date: 8th January
Run Time: 120 minutes
(C) Kirsty 2010