Movie review - It's complicated
Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin play the main characters in ‘It’s Complicated’, written and directed by Nancy Meyers. Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake Adler (Alec Baldwin) have been divorced for 10 years. But when they meet at their son Luke’s graduation, they get very drunk and relive old times. But it gets complicated, as Jake is married now to Agness, a much younger woman (Lake Bell), and Jane is dating Adam (Steve Martin), her architect. And there are the ex-couple’s three kids to think about of course. Should they tell them or not, and how do they keep them from finding out for themselves. Jane has finally got her live all sorted out, when Jake just barges in. She has a great job as a restaurator, her kids have all grown up and she is finally building that extension on her house that she always wanted. But what do you do when your ex-husband shows up and threatens to change everything.
This is a romantic comedy with a very recognizable theme. Have you ever wondered what would have happened had you never split with that ex. Whether it was a marriage or a boy- or girlfriend, everyone has thought about this at some point in their lives. The fact that the film revolves around fifty-year olds is rather refreshing in the usually young Hollywood scene. And Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin absolutely still have it. They are hilarious. Especially Streep seems to pull of the comedy very well. And Baldwin is great as the confused, macho and in love ex-husband. Martin completes the trio with his performance as the softie, lovesick, vulnerable architect. John Krasinski is great as the son-in-law who seems to be the only one understanding what is going on.
And the theme is certainly great for creating some funny awkward scenes and situations, like when Jane smokes pot, when Jane and Adam run into Jake and his new wife at a party, and when they try to hide it from the kids.
It is a great movie, for a relaxed night on the couch. Although the title is ‘It’s complicated’, it is very easy to watch. It is a feel-good movie that touches on some deeper subjects, like past loves and regrets, and life after a divorce.