It's Complicated

Film, Comedy
3 out of 5 stars
3 out of 5 stars
(15user reviews)

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
Older people have sex too! That’s the message of ‘It’s Complicated’, the second geronto-com from Nancy Meyers. While 2003’s ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ featured an angsty, flustered Diane Keaton and a womanising Jack Nicholson, this stars a slightly less angsty Meryl Streep, who is flustered by her encounter with serial womaniser Alec Baldwin.

The complication is that Jane (Streep) was married to Jake (Baldwin) – but he left her and their kids for other woman Agness (Lake Bell). Now Jake’s on a nostalgia trip, sweet-talking his independent ex into bed and a whole world of confusion. This may sound like unforgivably caddish behaviour, but script and actor conspire to make Jake an attractive proposition, with Baldwin’s charismatic arrogance and playful banter in full effect.

Baldwin has terrific chemistry with Streep: the pair seem to be having a genuinely hilarious time getting drunk and naked together – not that Jane will do that with the lights on. The script explores female insecurities and doesn’t shy away from the realities of middle-aged sex: Jake proudly displays his hairy beer belly on several occasions.

You could watch this pair run around having a slapstick secret affair for hours. Unfortunately, Steve Martin has to poke his head in as the Sensible Alternative, and he’s miscast. Martin is fine in comic scenes, but as a romantic possibility he’s unappealing. The inevitable conflict between the two men takes the film into more humdrum, sentimental territory, not helped by periodic appearances from Jane’s soppy grown-up children. Still, Streep is as enjoyable as ever, and if laughs count for anything, this is one of the better romantic comedies of the season.



Release details

Release date:
Friday January 8 2010
115 mins

Cast and crew

Nancy Meyers
Nancy Meyers
Meryl Streep
Alec Baldwin
John Krasinski
Steve Martin

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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.3 / 5

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You must be kidding. This film is ridiculous. The idea of this incredibly rich and pampered woman having an arbitrary moral crisis is both uninteresting and unfunny. The "conflict" propelling this scant story is as complex as the struggle to choose a breakfast pastry. A waste of time.

Being over 60 and divorced I found this film to be excellent. Both Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin were superb. Top marks

Being over 60 and divorced I found this film to be excellent. Both Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin were superb. Top marks

Not even nearly watchable....... I worry about all the people who say they enjoyed it. If this is a good film for them there what would be a bad film??

I think Alec Baldwin is a great actor. How many actors can do psycho and cute? He is wonderful in this movie and so is Meryl Streep. I was also very taken with John Krasinski who is one to watch - he has funny bones. Not surer about Steve Martin and his strangely imobile face - not my idea of a romantic lead. When I saw this film the cinema seemed to be full of twentysomethings, which I wouldn't have expected.

boring film left before it ended i think some older people may like it but you need to 60 plus

Trailers can be misleading. I groaned when I saw the trailer for “It’s Complicated�, as I like Meryl Streep. I groaned at the trailer for “Julie & Julia�, but really enjoyed it. The same is true of “It’s Complicated�. It’s a very well scripted comedy, that I suspect a 30+ audience is likely to find more amusing than younger viewers. I roared with laughter at Streep’s coyness over showing her ex-husband her body while she was standing up, as “Things have sagged a bit since you last saw it�. There are plenty of other jokes that you’d understand if you were of a certain age, or older, let alone if you’re divorced/long term separated. Alec Baldwin is superb, and I’d forgotten what a good actor he is. Certainly there’s a spark between Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep to rival the screen closeness she achieved with Stanley Tucci. The gags in the hotel room over his medications when the doctor is called is very good, and possibly goes way over the head of younger audiences. Streep’s reactions are classic. I found the casting and acting of the “children� poor, and likewise that of Steve Martin. (What’s happened to his face – has he been to see Jocelyn Wildenstein's plastic surgeon?) During a “confession� with the “girls�, Meryl Streep’s hairstyle changes 4 or 5 times – it’s distracting – I was betting on a Mohican as the next style. These – probably minor flaws – show no concern for continuity, or possibly that the target audience might be observant enough to spot them. Ouch. Around two-thirds of the way through the previously tight script becomes woolly, and not very funny, where previously it was consistently amusing – my fellow audience seemed to think so too, with few laughs from that point. Did the scriptwriter get bored? Did he/she/they intentionally put all the gags in the first bit? Unfortunately, I couldn’t help feeling this film was rigidly following the “120 mins = perfection� formula. Twenty minutes of this film could have fallen to the cutting room floor and the result would have been better – short, sharp, sweet. All-in-all, a good movie. Not too many twists or turns, and not entirely predictable. I was pleasantly surprised given the awful trailer. Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin are an entirely convincing couple with, for the most part, a good movie vehicle that may not take them to the Oscars, but won’t be a rusting embarrassment.

Thoroughly enjoyed this romcom. Love Meryl anyway whatever she is in but thought Martin was miscast. Needed someone with a bit of charisma

Thoroughly enjoyed this romcom. Love Meryl anyway whatever she is in but thought Martin was miscast. Needed someone with a bit of charisma

Beautifully observed and terrifically cast bit of nuanced and slightly romanticised comedy centred around the complexities of love in the context of marriage.. great chemistry between Baldwin and Streep, good comedy turn from Martin (even if he is a little sexless and insipid as the love interest).. the grown up children are a little saccharine and you are not going to learn a huge amount about life from this film, but you will feel good, you will probably laugh and Krasinski is great as Harley. Overall a good date film.

Total pants ,a chick flick cute kids surportive friends a house that looked like an interior designers wet dream,and unbeliveably superfical ,did not laugh once

Middle age is a very complex theme to handle but the magnificent Meryl Streep makes it look easy enough with a totally convincing portrayal of a successful business woman ,who is secure and alone after being divorced by her ex-husband of 17 years who cheated on a younger woman ,leaving her to create a comfortable happy existence for herself inadvertently ,while he now languishes for her and wants to have her as a mistress as he is still in love with her after 10 years . The premise is hilarious and Streep and Alec Baldwin carry on the affair for a while, with extremely delightful consequences where streep shines like a diamond ,as she seems to be getting better and better with age . The relationships and interaction within an upper class suburban family with a divorce and three grown up kids is a comic,subtle pleasure where an intruder enters as steve martin ,in a very under -acted subtly humourous form . The movie has some of the best comic sequences with brilliant acting by Streep and Steve as they smoke dope and drive to a family date ,which is a must -see for everyone who likes class comedy . This is that rare piece of cinema where middle aged characters are given intelligent ,well sketched roles with an insight and it works on multiple levels as a social comment ,complex human behaviour and great entertainment .

I've just seen it, and I'd really recommend it to anyone who likes, or can bear when dragged along to, romcoms. This has a far better script than most, and Streep & Baldwin are very good. Steve Martin looks weird and can't act (TO reviewer is right, he's only good when playing for laughs) but the movie has some sharp lines, good situations and is very entertaining. Sure it's not a profound viewing experience, it's a romcom - but it captures certain aspects of modern life, fractured families etc really well. NB I'm middle-aged - if you're a teenager you might feel grossed out that such ancient people are being romantic. However when we saw it younger people were laughing and seemed to enjoy it too.

Godfrey seems to have taken this film far too seriously. I thought it was great. I'm not really into rom-coms but my girlfriend drags me to them on occasion. Anyway, it was a feel good film with great acting from the three leads. I don't think it is supposed to be a realistic film - but romantic films rarely are. Is When Harry Met Sally realistic? Love Actually? Dirty Dancing? I think I've made my point. Bottom line, this film is an enjoyable way to spend two hours, have a laugh and forget about real life.