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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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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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First comes marriage. Then comes divorce. And then... See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Nancy Meyers Project  »


Box Office


$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

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Only the exteriors of the home at 714 West Potrero in Thousand Oaks, CA, was used. The interiors were shot on sets. The actual home that was used for the exterior shots was also used in "Columbo" in 1998 called 'Ashes to Ashes', as well as the homes actual interiors. See more »


When Jane asks Harley if he wants a toke from her pot in the bathroom, the cigarette along with the lighter are in her left hand. But in the next shot, the cigarette is in her right hand. See more »


Adam: Here comes your ex-husband. Uh-oh, not the best time to be feeling groovy!
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Its simple, really
25 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

"It's Complicated" is pretty simple, actually. Successful Californian food store owner Meryl Streep has been happily divorced from her former husband Alex Baldwin for the last ten years, but on a trip to New York to attend their son's graduation, she starts an affair with him. He happens to have re-married, to a younger woman, while she becomes involved with her architect Steve Martin. Will Meryl and Alec get back together again, or will she set off into the sunset with Steve. ​What will the children think? Do we care?

Well, not a lot. The lifestyle depicted is one in which everything is perfect, especially the cast's complexions. There are no human imperfections depicted, unless you count lust. All the characters, with the partial exception of Meryl, are stereotypes – people from Advertising land. In real life things are much more complicated.

That said, this is a superior piece of its type and it passes the watch test (I didn't look at my watch while viewing it). True, I could watch Meryl reading the phone book, and yes the dialogue was witty and the set pieces funny, and I had some guilty enjoyment from all the affluence. But really it was all too sweet, like Meryl's chocolate cake. Alex Baldwin does a passable LA lawyer while Steve Martin seems to be in the wrong movie.

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