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Published on January 29th, 2010 | by Niamh


It’s Complicated: review

I saw It’s Complicated last week and although Niall had already talked about it here, I thought I’d give you my tuppenceworth too.

To put it very simply, Jane and Jake are married, have three children and divorce after twenty years of marriage. Fast forward ten years, Jake has a young wife and step son, both of whom he struggles to keep up with, Jane is single and has thrown all of her energies and passions into her business. They sleep together unexpectedly and the ensuing what will we do, will we get back together, will we tell the children, will we have an affair dilemmas form the basis of the film.

I was expecting an average, chick flick, comedy movie with a few laughs and romps and not much else. But It’s Complicated delivered a lot more than I had expected. With a fabulous duo of Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin and a side order of Steve Martin, how could I have expected mediocrity? All three of them shone, with Alec Baldwin in particularly stellar comedic form. At times funny, at times a little sad (at one point I really felt for the three children despite the fact that they are all grown up children) and found it always believable. I could see people I know in the divorced couple, Jane and Jake, and in their children and in Steve Martins long-divorced but still fragile and trying to get over it character, Adam. Maybe I was looking a little too deeply into what is mostly meant to be a piece of light hearted entertainment – and it is – but it runs a little deeper which is possibly why it seems to be a hit with anyone who has seen it so far.

I’d definitely give it a 3.5 out of 5 and I’d certaily have no problem watching it again 🙂

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3 Responses to It’s Complicated: review

  1. Josephine says:

    I saw the movie and enjoyed it . The children were upset at the thought that their parents might get back together again. The three consoled with each other. Meryl’s character found herself lonely when the children had other commitments and she fell into the path of Alec Baldwin. The boyfriend of Meryl’s daughter was a very like able character and added comedy to the film. Steve Martin played the serious guy and Meryl brought out the fun out of him.

  2. bngr says:

    I had written this off until now.

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