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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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Nancy Meyers

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Nancy Meyers
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Jane Adler
Steve Martin ... Adam Schaffer
Alec Baldwin ... Jake Adler
John Krasinski ... Harley
Lake Bell ... Agness Adler
Mary Kay Place ... Joanne
Rita Wilson ... Trisha
Alexandra Wentworth ... Diane
Hunter Parrish ... Luke Adler
Zoe Kazan ... Gabby Adler
Caitlin FitzGerald ... Lauren Adler
Emjay Anthony ... Pedro Adler
Nora Dunn ... Sally
Bruce Altman ... Ted
Robert Curtis Brown ... Peter
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Meryl Streep had asked her alma mater, Vassar College, if they could film the college graduation scenes on their campus. They refused even though Streep serves on their Board of Trustees and two of her children attend there. See more »

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In the scene where Jane is in her bathtub talking to Jake, the lit candle in the bathroom window moves back and forth between different camera angles revealing that the scene was done with different takes. See more »

Quotes

Jake: I'm sorry.
Jane: How far back does that 'sorry' go?
Jake: How far back do you need it to go?
Jane: Wa-ay back.
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L'Ombre et la Lumière
Written by Benjamin Biolay
Performed by Coralie Clément
Courtesy of EMI Music France
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Has its moments
2 January 2010 | by moviesleuth2See all my reviews

Nancy Meyers is famous for tapping into a largely ignored market: middle-aged women. She acknowledges that women don't cease to exist after they grow older than Jessica Alba (anyone older than that loses their sex appeal in the eyes of movie studios, and that's the only thing that keeps audiences interested in these sorts of movies).

I am not a member of this market. However, I am open to movies to which I am not a targeted member. That, and I love Meryl Streep. I have seen Nancy Meyers' previous effort, "Something's Gotta Give," a movie that started out okay, but ended up being an overlong disaster that I hated. Still, this movie sounded promising, especially with Streep, who has never made a bad movie, so I checked it out. While it is certainly better than "Something's Gotta Give," it is nowhere near a complete success.

Jane (Meryl Streep) is a divorced mother of three, and an empty nester. Years after her divorce, she's finally gotten her life back together (or at least she thinks she does). However, her life is going to get a little...complicated. Her ex, Jake (Alec Baldwin) has just realized that he is still in love with Jane, and they ensue in an affair (which, ironically, was one of the reasons why they divorced in the first place). At the same time, she's also attracted the attention of her architect, Adam (Steve Martin). Now Jane has to balance these two romances out, and complications ensue.

Meryl Streep is widely recognized as one of the greatest actresses alive (and in my opinion, one of the best who ever lived). Yet with 13 Oscar nods, she hasn't done much in the way of comedy. She got a taste of it in last year's "Mamma Mia," but with this film, she gets to do some scenes that are openly funny. And she shows everyone that she can be just as successful in a comedy as a drama. Many of the film's comic scenes wouldn't be as funny without her. Her co-stars, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, are no stranger to being funny, and Streep manages to keep up with them. Speaking of, Baldwin and Martin are on the same level as Streep. Baldwin is equally good in the comic scenes as well the dramatic scenes, and so is Martin (surprisingly...he hasn't gotten much chance to do drama. Hopefully, this performance will signal a change, because he's got some good dramatic chops as well as comic aptitude). Had this film been better directed, they could have been looking at some Oscar nods. Special mention has to go to John Krasinski, because even though he became famous for the ultra-understated humor of "The Office," he is also great at more energetic humor too. Lake Bell has little to do than be a post-trophy wife that is often referenced, but not seen.

Nancy Meyers may have tapped into the market for middle aged women, but she's only at the top because she's the only one in it. Meyers is not an especially great screenwriter or director. The dialogue is nothing special, and her direction is flat, which renders the drama more inert than it should be. The comedy only works because of the actors, not Meyers; this should be construed as a compliment to Streep, Baldwin and Martin, since the comedy is not adequately set up. Many of the plot points exist because Meyers is trying to follow the formula of "romantic comedy," even if what happens doesn't make sense.

If you like Meyers' films, it's a film to check out. If not, I don't think its worth your time.


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Release Date:

25 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,100,820, 27 December 2009

Gross USA:

$112,735,375

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$219,103,655
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1.85 : 1
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