Rated R; Directed by Nancy Meyer; Starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell
Yes, it is possible to create movies for the older members of the audience. Not every movie needs Shia LaBeouf or Kristen Stewart in starring roles, especially when you can have Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin instead. Writer and Director Nancy Meyers (Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday) brings us this movie for grown-ups. Yet the movie still goes for childish jokes, and only partly succeeds with these.
Ignore the title, the story is not that complicated. Jane (Meryl Streep), a comfortably divorced woman, has a few too many drinks with her ex-husband, Jake (Alec Baldwin), which leads to sex between the two (see, not complicated at all). Unfortunately, Jake is married. While Jane tries to deal with this new “relationship” with her ex, she also meets a nice guy (Steve Martin) who finds Jane attractive. What’s an older woman to do? Okay, maybe it is complicated.
The best parts of the movie are provided by the cast. Alec Baldwin is having too much fun as the sweet-talking husband. John Krasinski as their son-in-law who learns about Jan and Jake’s affair adds welcome humor. The script tries to keep things light, but relies too much on jokes about being older and having sex. The old standby of grown-ups smoking pot also gets screen time, but does create some hearty laughs.
It’s Complicated gives us a great cast, a so-so story, and a few funny scenes. It is a pleasant film, but nothing too charming. It’s too bad that more was not achieved. A lightweight comedy with heavyweight talent, It’s Complicated offers some laughs, but remains less than a rip-roaring comedy.