It’s Complicated



At the very least it is interesting to see a film that shows the complexities of romance beyond the thirty-five and cute age group. This film is tailored especially to appeal to the older viewer (I applaud its not making minor trims for a PG-13 rating).

“It’s Complicated” starts off with two couples talking. One of these couples is played by Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin…except, wait. they aren’t exactly a couple. They’re each other’s ex-spouse, and they have gathered to celebrate their youngest graduating college. Baldwin is now re-married to a much younger woman (Lake Bell). And Meryl will now be alone, with all the children moving out of her house.

The good news is, she can finally get the kitchen the way she wants it. So she hires an architect, who, noting her particular vision, turns her on towards another architect, Steve Martin. He is, of course, recently divorced and about to wade his way back into the dating pool. And these two see eye-to-eye.

But wait! During a drunken night of dancing and fornication in New York to celebrate the graduation (the kids ditched Meryl, so she hits the bar,) she runs into her ex husband, gets drunk, and they do the deed like back in the day. This leads to an interesting situation, as now Baldwin is having an affair with his ex-wife. He originally cheated on Meryl with his now current wife.

And, you see, it gets complicated. And of course she will have to decide on life and love, and learn a lesson or two along the way. As written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and as portrayed by our three leads (Streep, Baldwin, Martin), it is hard to have a film that isn’t at least fun and appealing to watch. I especially enjoyed the fact that the film wants you to root for both Baldwin and Martin, although Baldwin is obviously a bit more snarky.

One oddity of the film is that every male in the film (sans Baldwin, who is all bravado, and at times caricature-ish [before reeling it in for the finale]) has a tinge of, well, to be politically correct…gay. I was convinced that Martin and the original architect were lovers and the former was giving the latter his chance. I at first thought one of the daughter’s fiancés was a gay brother. And the actual brother…well, he skips all over the place.  I don’t know what to attribute this to other than it being written and helmed by a female who thought Mel Gibson was what women wanted (at least in that incarnation).

In any event, you can see it and you are sure to get a laugh or two, with a routine situation, that’s now grown old in more ways than one. I enjoyed it. And I certainly ain’t the market for it.  


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