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It's Complicated (DVD)
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It's Complicated (DVD)
Advantages: Outstanding acting, hilarious humour
After ten years of divorce, Jane and Jake find themselves alone in each other's company at their son's graduation in New York. But an innocent meal soon turns into a passionate affair as the couple rekindle the sparks they used to have for one another. Back at home the affair continues despite Jake being married to a much younger woman, who he initially left Jane for, and Jane being courted by her friendly architect, Adam. But when Jane realises that she has now become the other woman, and when Jake realises that he actually wants his ex-wife back, things start to become very complicated.
~ Cast ~
Jane - Meryl Streep
Jake - Alec Baldwin
Adam - Steve Martin
Harley - John Krasinski
Lauren - Caitlin Fitzgerald
Gabby - Zoe Kazan
Luke - Hunter Parrish
Agness - Lake Bell
I knew this was going to be a good film as the trailers made it look brilliant and Meryl Streep is always a great actress. But I didn't realise exactly how great this would be - it was much better than expected and I had high expectations for it in the first place.
Once again, Meryl Streep plays her part to perfection. She is an older woman in the throws of a passionate affair yet she makes it seem like she's young, wild and not at all too old to be doing that sort of thing, and it suits her perfectly. Alec Baldwin, who usually plays very cheesy and over-emphasised characters, was way better than I've seen him before. Despite him cheating on Jane and leaving her ten years ago, I loved his character as he now seemed much more mature and like a nice guy, and so I wanted to see them get back together. I felt very upset in the parts where you could see that Jake was upset himself in the moments when he realised he wanted Jane back for good. Steve Martin, who normally has very silly roles too, was great in this and it was quite refreshing to see him playing just a normal guy for a change. I loved both the characters of Jake and Adam which made it so hard to decide which guy I wanted Jane to end up with.
The supporting cast were all brilliant too especially John Krasinski, who played Harley, Jane and Jake's son-in-law. He caught the couple in the act and so ended up trying to keep the affair secret from his fiancée at the same time as making snide remarks and actions towards them both without them realising that he knew.
The humour in this was fantastic and there was nothing at all sleazy or cringe-worthy about it. Because they are an older couple and trying to hide their affair from Jake's partner and their children, the comedy just kept on coming and there were parts were I was just laughing so hard, mostly at the actions that Alec Baldwin would make or lines he would say relating to their affair and "extra-curricular" activities. Some of the humour came from complete shock at an older person saying or doing something very inappropriate.
I really cannot stress how funny this movie is and I'm sitting here chuckling to myself now remembering bits from it. It was so good in fact that I may even pop to my cinema to see it again if I have nothing else to do one night.
Running time: 120 minutes
Certificate rating: 15
Director: Nancy Meyers
Summary: A grown-up comedy about a couple who strike up an affair years after their divorce