Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake (Alec Baldwin) have been divorced for a while, but remained on quite good terms. During the graduation of their youngest son, their romance gets rekindled. At the same time, Jane meets the charming architect Adam (Steve Martin). And that’s when things get really complicated.
It’s Complicated is a nice, rather run-of-the-mill RomCom. What makes it different from other such movies is the presence of an actual adult (a total rarity in RomComs) and the performances by Meryl Streep and John Krasinski.
It’s Complicated is not a revelation in movie making. But it doesn’t pretend to be anything more than it is: entertainment. It’s apparent that the people involved had fun doing it and that fun gets transferred effortlessly to the audience.
Meryl Streep is outstanding, as usual. But the actual star of the film was John Krasinski. With a few words and glances he can totally make you laugh out loud.
It was absolutely great to have an actual adult in the movie, though it was extremely weird that it was Steve Martin who had that role. But just to hear somebody say in a RomCom: “Look, I like you but you obviously have to figure a few things out. Give me a call when you’re ready.” That was pure bliss.
Other things I liked: actual female friends (as opposed to frenemies) and that the main characters were all middle-aged.
Summarising: if you’re looking for an entertaining, mindless, fun movie, It’s Complicated could be just your thing.