It’s Complicated (2009)

It’s Complicated is the newest movie by Nancy Meyers, starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and John Krasinski.

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.

7 thoughts on “It’s Complicated (2009)

      • My reaction, as close to the actual emotions as I can get it:


        also? Ouch. Note to wannabe-directors:
        Sudden loud noises are not an adequate substitute for suspense. (Stitch this on a cushion or something, alright?)

        P.S.: If you can’t be arsed to figure out on which size of the protagonist’s neck you put the bitewound (let alone whether it’s supposed to scar or disappear), then I can’t be arsed to try and find anything nice to say about the godawful waste of celluloid you just inflicted on my retinas.

        • I was wondering about the side-of-the-neck thing, too, but I thought that I just got confused because some of the shots were shots in the mirror. But I could be wrong.

          In any case, your summary of the movie is perfect.

          • I don’t think you are confused. Geraldine the Magical Gypsy is doing something horrific-looking with a HUMUNGOUS needle on his left neck/shoulder. I notice these things, because NEEDLE (and she’s doing it the way clumsy me would go about darning a sock, incidentially).
            Later, when he’s looking into the mirror, the looks at his right neck/shoulder.

            Just saying…no wonder that scar seems gone.

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