It's Complicated
No, it’s not a joke. We’re being paid for this.

Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/2009
Director: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell

Love and marriage are difficult, but divorce is even more complicated, as writer/director Nancy Meyers tries to explain with her latest film, “It’s Complicated”. While at their son’s graduation, Jake (Alec Baldwin) and Jane (Meryl Streep) share a moment of passion after a night of drinking and reminiscing about the old days. The resulting love trapezoid (between Jake and his new wife (Lake Bell), Jane and her new love interest (Steve Martin) leads into painfully hilarious situation as these two divorcees navigate an affair with each other.

The audience is quickly transported to a fantasy land where everyone involved is at peace, despite Jake’s infidelity and marriage to his previous much younger mistress. In reality, divorced couples do not have relationships this amicable, especially after only 10 years with all the hurt feelings that go along with an affair. On the other hand, this film is well paced and the antics quickly ensue; making it easy to suspend your disbelief, and simply enjoy the comedy.

While I’m not a huge fan of either Streep or Baldwin, the two had definite chemistry. Unfortunately, the chemistry between Martin and Streep seems to be forced. Thankfully, their relationship is less important to the story line.

There are a few scenes where Jane and her girlfriends are having some very candid conversations about sex, which reminded me of similar gab-fests I have had with the girls, although admittedly never quite to that degree of candor. My favorite scenes though involved the children not finding out the affair between their divorced parents. The children were great, although it took me some time to realize that Harley (John Krasinski) was not one of their children, rather the fiancée of one of their eldest daughters. Harley was by far my favorite character in this movie; I laughed so hard as his situation became more difficult to keep quiet about.

The audience laughed consistently and throughout the film. Dialogue and action was well paced and thought out. Some of the Steve Martin scenes were a bit over the top, as is his way, but this didn’t distract too much from the overall flow and concept of the film. “It’s Complicated” is thoroughly entertaining, light-hearted, and a fun flick to go with friends or if in need of a good laugh. It is an interesting commentary on aging and trying to recapture the spark of a relationship long over, earning a respectable 3.5 out of 5.