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It's Complicated: Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and Meryl Streep

Updated on March 12, 2018
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Alicia has been an Author, Columnist, and Reviewer for 9 years. Her success came from perseverance plus organized goal setting.

Jane, Adam, Jake and Agness are at Luke Adler's graduation party. Scene from the movie "It's Complicated".
Jane, Adam, Jake and Agness are at Luke Adler's graduation party. Scene from the movie "It's Complicated".

Movie Review

It's Complicated was a movie that I did not expect to like, because of the plot description given as well as the trailer. The trailer made this movie seem silly. Who was "starring" in It's Complicated made a difference and helped me decide. Who does not want to watch a movie with Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and Meryl Streep in it? These three actors are known for their superb acting skills and outstanding performances. To have these three actors in one movie is like receiving a big bonus that every one would fight over; the very best kind. So, I went ahead and rented this film with preconceived negative notions. Absolutely certain I would not like it. I felt suckered again for choosing It's Complicated , because Steve Martin was in this movie. I happen to be one of the few who have been following his career since Saturday Night Live when he was one of the original "Prime Time Players" (He was the one doing the "King Tut" and was one of the Czechoslovakian brothers in "Those Wild and Crazy Guys" skits in the late 70's, the glory days for Saturday Night Live ). I could not pass up watching another movie with Steve Martin in it. According to the trailer Steve Martin was portraying an "ordinary" architect. How extraordinary! Steve Martin "ordinary"? I had to see that for myself.

It's Complicated begins with Jane Adler (Meryl Streep) and Jake Adler (Alec Baldwin), who are a couple that divorced 10 years prior, at an anniversary party for a couple they both are still friends, Sally (Nora Dunn) and Ted (Bruce Altman). Jane and Jake are both amicable even around Jake's current wife, Agness Adler (Lake Bell), who is stunning, young, and everything Jane despises. Jane has remained single since their divorce, extremely busy with her bakery in Santa Barbara, California and raising her three lovely children. She is self-reliant and accomplished. There has been zero time in her life for any relationship with any man. The best thing that has happened since Jane's divorce is that she can afford to remodel her home and get the kitchen she always dreamed of having. Jane leaves the anniversary party before Jake and Agness; it is too difficult for Jane to keep smiling, pretend to have a good time, when having to make nice with her ex-husband who married the mistress that was the catalyst that destroyed Jane's marriage. Having both of them at the same party is very rough on Jane.

Jane expediently hires and meets with an architect firm for the remodeling of her home. Peter (Robert Curtis Brown), the architect she originally hired from the firm, introduces Jane to Adam (Steve Martin), the genius of the architect firm that came up with all the changes Jane loves. She agrees to have Adam oversee the remodeling of her home and makes an appointment with Adam to visit her home in order to "get the ball rolling" for the remodeling. This begins a work relationship between Adam and Jane that leads to a platonic friendship by the time her son Luke Adler (Hunter Parrish) is about to graduate from college in New York.

While away in New York for her son's graduation, Jane finds herself alone for her son is busy with post-graduation parties and has included his two sisters, Lauren Adler (Caitlin Fitzgerald) and Gabby Adler (Zoe Kazan) as well as Lauren's fiancé Harley (John Krasinski) in all the post-graduation festivities. The night before Luke's graduation, Jake finds Jane alone at the hotel bar. He is by himself because his wife Agness had to stay home and care for their five year old son, Pedro Adler (Emjay Anthony) who had become ill. Not wanting to make a scene and feeling lonely, Jane agrees to have dinner with her ex-husband which leads to getting drunk together and then having "drunk sex" together. This "mistake" leads to Jane and Jake having an affair that continues even when they return to California from New York. Jane, knowing "this is wrong", after receiving advise from her therapist, Dr. Alan (Peter Mackenzie), becomes Jake's "other woman". Jane and her three lady friends (played by Mary Kay Place, Alexandra Wentworth, and Rita Wilson) rationalize that this is a "Karmic get back" to Agness for doing the exact same thing to Jane when she was married to Jake.

All goes well between Jane and Jake until their affair goes sour when Jane learns what "being the other woman" is really like. She is stood up for the romantic dinner they planned because Jake could not get away from his current marital obligations. This wake up call precipitates Jane ending the affair. She cannot stomach being a home-wrecker and "the other woman." Jane realizes that it is not fair to Agness and Pedro, no matter what Agness had done in the past.

Believing she is free from Jake and the affair, Jane allows herself to be attracted to Adam who is preoccupied with overseeing the remodeling of her home. All of Adam's remodeling ideas are perfect. Not only is he a good architect, Adam is also a very nice man who Jane is surprised to learn has been divorced for two years. The more she gets to know Adam the more Jane likes Adam (vice versa too). As their friendship develops into something a little more serious, Jane invites Adam to her son's graduation party in Santa Barbara.

Jake, having been spying on Jane while she and Adam go through the "get to know you" phase, mistakenly believes Adam is the reason Jane decided to end their affair. Jake becomes overly determined to complicate matters by devising mean schemes to oust Adam from Jane's life so Jake can resume his affair with Jane. These diabolical machinations of Jake bring about numerous complications in Jane's life. Jake literally turns Jane's life upside down and creates the worst set of problems for any new relationship. Catching Jake in the act of his dastardly "break up Jane and Adam" deeds wakes Jane up to where she sees Jake as he really is, despicable and a cad. Jane realizes she must eradicate Jake completely out of her life or she will never be ready for any new relationship with some one better suited for Jane. It is one thing to have a "complicated" life, yet another to have a meddling ex-husband with ulterior motives lurking about the house. Jane comes to the realization that a person cannot have a wholesome relationship with another as long as an ex is "in the picture."

It's Complicated, released in 2009, is rated R and 2 hours 1 minute in length. Nancy Meyers, who wrote and directed this hilarious comedy, has every reason to be proud for this film's nomination for the Golden Globe award for the Comedy genre. Nancy Meyers, cast and crew created a fun movie that in spite of the R rating, had only one mooning scene; no other nudity shown. Do not personally recommend It's Complicated to be viewed by those under 18 years of age due to very adult subject matter that shows two parents not at their very best.

For those who are fans of Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski (most known for his portrayal as Jim Halpert in the televisions series The Office ) and Meryl Streep this movie is a "must see!" They were awesome! Do you prefer a good comedy with a real plot and solid ending? It's Complicated is for you!

Enjoy!

4 stars for It's Complicated

It's Complicated - Movie Trailer

What are they doing now?

Since the release of It's Complicated, these stars have continued forward in the Entertainment Field, and I have included more about these excellent actors so you can better follow their career.

Alec Baldwin: Since 2009, his career has had several ups and downs as a film and television star. He has managed to stay on top, mostly for being one of the most perserverant in his field. I personally admire him for his dedication. He stayed in, where others left.

He is also well known for his Off-Broadway Theater acting; very versatile. The skills he has from doing theater work has improved and honed his acting skills, made him a better actor.

Alec's most recent film released was Aloha (May, 2015). He has 4 movies in post-production, 3 have 2015 release dates for July and later. Boss Baby has a 2016 release date.

You can follow Alec Baldwin's career best via his official website.

John Kransinski: Has become in the Entertainment Industry not just a well known and talented actor. John is also a director, producer and screenwriter. In 2009, for It's Complicated he won the National Board of Review Award for Best Cast, Best Acting by an Ensemble. This was not the only award he has won, has 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards as well.

He too is in the movie Aloha with Alec Baldwin. The Hollars has a 2015 release year date, no specific date yet. John is the Director of as well as one of the stars in this upcoming film.

John Kransinski is active on Twitter. He seems to enjoy sharing with others what he is doing on this venue.

Steve Martin: Continues to amaze and surprise those who have followed his career since 1967 and later. Just when you think he might retire, Steve does something new in the multitude fields he has gained great success. He can do it all from singing, dancing, acting, art, writing to.......Steve is definitely a Renaissance man.

2011 The Big Year was released. This comedy film once again reminded many of how hilarious Steve and fellow comedians can be. This movie also stars Jack Black and Owen Wilson.

In Home (March 2015) by DreamWorks Animation, Steve is the voice for Captain Smek. He also has a film under production with a release date of 2016 (sometime).

In 2014 as a musician, Steve released the Album titled Live and the single song "Pretty Little One" with the Steep Canyon Rangers (a Bluegrass band). This was his 10th Album and 4th single song released to the public since 1977. "Pretty Little One" is also a music video released the same year as the single.

Meryl Streep: Anything you want to know about Meryl, that she is willing to share, you can find on Meryl Streep Online. This actress has her official website including much: her career plus what causes as a humanitarian she is currently supporting. If you want to know what Meryl Streep is doing right now, this is the website to visit.

Into the Woods where she plays The Witch, was her last film released to the public in 2014. This is a musical with a twist, definitely not like what even I expected. Her performance was 5 star, even though the movie in its entirety I would if reviewing only gift 4 stars.

She has 2 films under post-production scheduled to be released in 2015 (sometime, as of 7/2/2015). A documentary she is the narrator and another Meryl Streep movie still being filmed, are still in the "to be announced" category for public release; very exciting.

To learn more about this wonderful actress visit Wikipedia and Biography websites.

© 2010 Alicia Rose Harrell

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    • aliciaharrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Alicia Rose Harrell 

      5 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Thank you priley84 for the vote up, and appreciate you reading this hub! :D

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      priley84 

      5 years ago from Warner Robins, Ga

      I've heard about this movie, but I actually never got to see it. I'm curious about it now! Voted up! :D

    • aliciaharrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Alicia Rose Harrell 

      7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I stand by my review. I watched via DVD "It's Complicated" more than once to properly write about it. I took notes while watching. My review has similar content to other reviews on Wikipedia and IMDb.

      You are splitting hairs about Pedro. As far as Jake was concerned Pedro was his son even though it was a blended family situation due to his second wife having an affair.

      Thank you for your thoughtful feedback and I recommend you write a review of this movie too. This way all can read 2 reviews giving 2 people's viewings of "It's Complicated" in order to form their own opinion about whether or not this is a movie of interest. Even Siskel and Ebert disagreed regarding movie content; your comment was appreciated.

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      A.Wilson 

      7 years ago

      Did you watch a different movie than I did???? First I must mention, Pedro was not Jake's Child. His wife had an affair. Second Jake did nothing intentional to stop his ex wife's new romance. He accidentally got seen nude by Adam on her computer screen. There is so much more I could add that you got wrong. This movie was very good and you did it an injustice by reviewing it incorrectly.

    • aliciaharrell profile imageAUTHOR

      Alicia Rose Harrell 

      8 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Thank you for your encouragement and positive feedback. Great to share hubs with others :)

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      mel22 

      8 years ago from ,

      I think I rememeber seeing parts of this movie on HBO some time ago, but never caught the beginning or end.. thourough review. keep writing.

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