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It's Complicated (2009)

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When attending their son's college graduation, a couple reignite the spark in their relationship. But the complicated fact is they're divorced and he's remarried.

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »
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When brought together at a family event, two exes find themselves oddly attracted to each other after ten years of divorce. Although the couple think that this affair will stay in a different state, it brings itself back to their own city and disrupts their personal lives. While the couple still maintain other romances, they cannot help but to continue with their affair. Written by Danielle Laskowitz

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Divorced... with benefits. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for some drug content and sexuality | See all certifications »

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25 December 2009 (USA)  »

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Untitled Nancy Meyers Project  »

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Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,100,822, 27 December 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$112,735,375

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$219,103,655
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Alec Baldwin said on the Late Show with David Letterman (1993) that a body double was used for his nude scene. See more »

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Two issues about the Croque Monsieur that Jane has prepared for Adam and her. She takes the food from the oven and serves it. A little time passes while they chat and eat and Jane removes pan no. 2 of the Croque Monsieur without a sign that she'd made two batches. When Jake arrives and sees that Jane has company, he sneaks up the driveway and watches them through the window. Later, he tells Jane that Adam must be interested in her. He noticed Adam watching her butt while she took the food from the oven. HOWEVER, Jane has removed the food from the oven before Jake arrived. By the way, Meryl Streep has a very strange way of scooping the Croque Monsieur (glorified sandwiches) from the pan. It occurs to me that she accidentally uses some of Julia Child's mannerisms in the kitchen since she worked on both movies on 2009. See more »

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Harley: Are you smoking WEED in the guest bathroom?
Jake: Yes we are, and we'd appreciate it if you didn't tell anyone?
Harley: Oh no. Of course not. Just add it to the list.
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Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.82 (2010) See more »

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Good to Go
Written by Daniel May
Performed by The Daniel May Quartet
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Meyers Best...Streep sexy at 60
10 December 2009 | by See all my reviews

In the best work of her career Nancy Meyers presents the funny comedy, It's Complicated starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin.

This fast-paced, smart comedy is everything in a mature work that didn't succeed with films such as Something's Gotta Give. Meyers creates three authentic characters with sympathy and everyday qualities that make them identifiable and first-class writing genius.

The film tells the story of Jane (Streep), who's ten year post-divorce from Jake (Baldwin), who left her for a much younger woman, hasn't necessarily become water under the bridge. Trying to find some type of happiness in her later years, she meets Adam (Martin), a sensitive architect, who is designing her new kitchen and has had his fair share of divorce stories in the past. But when attending their son's college graduation, Jane and Jake find that everything is as simple as it once seemed.

The cast here is one of the best ensemble works of the year. Meryl Streep is naturalistic and in top form showing her sexier side at 60. Streep shows that she can still create a character from scratch and make the woman as real as anyone walking down the streets of New York City. It's one of her funnier turns in years.

Alec Baldwin, in one of his best performances to date, shows immaturity and careless can get you far in a film. Showing top comedic work, Baldwin seems in the hunt for Oscar recognition. His charm and magnetism is quite surprising as we haven't seen him give a performance this funny ever, not even in his hit sitcom "30 Rock." Steve Martin, who I have found overdoes his comedy in some of his later years in film is in control and utterly enjoyable. Martin shows a sensitive side reminiscent of his works in Roxanne and Parenthood, and finds an audience cheer with empathetic tendencies can get you right back to what you do best. It's a return to form for Martin.

John Krasinski, who plays Harley, one of Jane's daughter's fiancée, is totally hilarious and drives away from the comedy we once found funny in his "Jim" on NBC's hit sitcom "The Office." Krasinski, in many ways upstages some of the veterans on film as he steals a lot of the spotlight. Krasinski is an outstanding talent to watch out for in the near future as he branches out into more demanding roles.

It's Complicated couldn't have succeeded without Nancy Meyers finally showing what good writing can do with the right people, time, and effort put into place. It's the work of her career and she remains a dark horse for an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Though the film will definitely appeal to an older generation, the younger can appreciate the zeal and comical dialogue shared between the players. The film does run a bit long and loses some of it's spark in the finale act, but it's pure entertainment and a must-see of the holiday season.


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