It's Complicated

It's Complicated

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Director: Nancy Meyers

Cast: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin


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An aged, divorced mother becomes "the other woman" in her ex-husband's life when the pair enters into an unexpected affair during an out-of-town trip. Jane (Meryl Streep) has been divorced from Jake (Alec Baldwin) for a decade. The mother of three grown children, she owns a successful Santa BarbaraSee more details below


An aged, divorced mother becomes "the other woman" in her ex-husband's life when the pair enters into an unexpected affair during an out-of-town trip. Jane (Meryl Streep) has been divorced from Jake (Alec Baldwin) for a decade. The mother of three grown children, she owns a successful Santa Barbara bakery
estaurant and maintains a friendly relationship with Jake, who has since been remarried to the much younger Agness (Lake Bell). Jane and Jake are attending their son's college graduation when they agree to an innocent meal together. Before long a simple dinner date has erupted into an all-out affair, and when architect Adam (Steve Martin) falls for Jane, he realizes he's been drawn into a most peculiar love triangle. Is love sweeter the second time around, or should Jane and Jake just be happy with what they had, and finally move on with their lives?

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
A romantic comedy for the empty-nest crowd, It's Complicated isn't the most well-written movie in the world, but its leading actors could make up for just about any shortcoming. It stars Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin as Jane and Jake, a couple who weathered a messy divorce a decade earlier, following over 20 years of marriage. Now that all their kids are college age or older, they've become comfortable with their new roles in each other's lives -- so much so that they begin an illicit affair, even though Jake is remarried (to the hot but bitchy Agness, played by Lake Bell), and Jane is experiencing sparks of romance with her architect Adam (Steve Martin). To say that Streep and Baldwin outshine the material would be a huge understatement. While the writing is full of overly confusing backstory and corny, clichéd dialogue, the two leading actors are usually so fun and engrossing that, again and again, you forget how mediocre the script is. Jake's supposed history with Agness, for instance, is played as fairly tedious and entrenched -- she's supposed to be the young, hot thing he left his wife for, but the timeline is oblique, and she has a young child that doesn't fit into the narrative very cleanly -- but Baldwin emotes with such meticulous nuance, not to mention immense gravitas, that the overall tone of Jake's relationship with his second wife remains clear throughout even the most gaping holes in the narrative. Sadly, comedic heavyweight Steve Martin doesn't get as much chance to use his chops, and is mostly relegated to a downer role as a timid, tertiary character -- a major disappointment, considering the kind of classic screwball antics that Martin could have added to the production. He does get an eventual chance to cut loose, however, in a party scene that it would be a shame to spoil. It probably wouldn't be quite accurate to say that the cinematic kingpins who carry It's Complicated are able to make it a good movie, but they're able to make it a fun one -- and to try and explain it any further would probably just be too complicated.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

The Making of It's Complicated; Feature Commentary with Producer/Writer/Director Nancy Meyers, Executive Producer Suzanne Farwell, Director of Photography John Toll, A.S.C. and Editor Joe Hutshing, A.C.E.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Jane
Steve Martin Adam
Alec Baldwin Jake
Lake Bell Agness
John Krasinski Actor,Harley
Mary Kay Place Joanne
Rita Wilson Trisha
Alexandra Wentworth Diane
Hunter Parrish Luke
Zoe Kazan Gabby
Caitlin Fitzgerald Lauren
Emjay Anthony Pedro
Nora Dunn Sally
Bruce Altman Ted
Robert Curtis Brown Peter
James Patrick Stuart Dr. Moss
Peter MacKenzie Dr. Allen
Pat Finn Hotel Doctor
Zack Robidas Hotel Reception Clerk
Sean Hamrin Oliver
Valente Rodriguez Reynaldo
Amelia Rasche Bakery Manager
Michael Rivera Eddie
Deidre Goodwin Fertility Nurse
Rosalie Ward Biltmore Reception Clerk
Andrew Stewart-Jones Restaurant Host
Jon Frazier Bartender
Ryan Silverman Bartender
Jessica St. Clair Wedding Specialist
Marina Squerciati Melanie
Ricardo Chacon Police Officer
Michael Yavnieli Police Officer

Technical Credits
Nancy Meyers Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Joseph Campayno Makeup
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Suzanne Farwell Executive Producer
W. Steven Graham Art Director
Sonia Grande Costumes/Costume Designer
J. Roy Helland Makeup
Ilona Herzberg Executive Producer
Jon Hutman Production Designer
Joe Hutshing Editor
David Moritz Editor
Heitor Pereira Score Composer
Scott Rudin Producer
John Toll Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- It's Complicated
1. Some Thing Never Change (Main Titles) [7:39]
2. Jane's Plans [2:42]
3. Brow Lift [5:09]
4. The Big Apple [5:35]
5. Want To Dance? [6:28]
6. Just Getting a Divorce? [6:03]
7. It's Official [7:02]
8. Caliente [7:22]
9. I Thought He'd Never Laugh [6:33]
10. Emergency Session [4:10]
11. Harley Finds Out [7:40]
12. Rockin' the Boat [2:59]
13. Poke Smot [5:21]
14. Feeling Groovy [4:05]
15. Fun Is Not Overrated [6:23]
16. Problems on the Home Front [5:11]
17. Big Close Up [7:06]
18. Jane Explains [5:54]
19. No Regrets [5:39]
20. End Titles [:00]


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