It’s Complicated

No one tells adult stories quite like director Nancy Meyers does.  She takes real people in grown up relationships and gives them life.  It’s Complicated is another gem from Meyers and stars Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

Jane and Jake (Streep, Baldwin) have been divorced for 10 years when fate (or hormones) throws them back together at their son’s college graduation.  Following a non-stop evening of food, dancing and drinks, the former exes reconnect emotionally and physically. 

Once back in reality, Jane and Jake still feel the need to be around one another.  Jake, who cheated on Jane with his now-wife, feels happy and alive when he’s with his ex.  Jake believes that a second go-around with Jane may not be that crazy of a thought.  Jane enjoys feeling vibrant again; she is finding it exciting to step outside of her comfort zone as well.  The past problems with Jake are not far from her mind though and she is hesitant about going any further with him.

Complicating matters are their three adult children, who are on the verge of finding out what their parents have been up to.  In addition, Jane is starting to fall for Adam (Martin), the architect who’s working on the renovation of her home.  After Adam experiences a  too close for comfort encounter with Jake, he begins to reconsider his new-found relationship with Jane.

Torn between the man who captured and then broke her heart and a man she barely knows, Jane must decide what the best choice of action is.  Should she think with her heart or with her head?

The casting of this film was amazing.  They were all full of joy and lit up the screen.  The family felt real, like they were more than actors simply cast to play a family role.  I liked that the children (Hunter Parrish, Zoe Kazan, Caitlin Fitzgerald) were relatively unknown actors as well.  They brought a freshness to the scenes that may not have been possible with more established talent.

Streep and Baldwin shared a completely unexpected chemistry.  They fit so well together in this film it was a pairing I never thought would have been so successful.  Martin’s role in this film was quite different from what I’m used to seeing.  His performance was subdued and even in the more humorous scenes, he held back.  It was a pleasant change to see.  John Krasinski (Harley) was a perfect choice for the soon-to-be son-in-law.  Not only is he funny, but he’s coming into his own more and more with each project he takes on.

This movie has a great family dynamic, is funny in off-beat ways and is touching.  Meyers knows how to create characters that the viewer cares about and this film is no different.

1 thought on “It’s Complicated”

  1. I definitely have to agree with you. It was a charming film, that dealt with a topic a majority of people can relate to, divorce. Every child has that sliver of hope their parents will get back together, but I think that watching this film, you realize it’s probably best they stay divorced. In this film, everyone finds their own happiness. Though there are serious matters presented, you are filled with laughter and warmth while watching.

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