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It's Complicated

It's Complicated

4.4 37
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 Barbara


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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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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Universal Studios
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

The Making of It's Complicated; ; Feature Commentary with the Filmmakers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Jane
Steve Martin Adam
Alec Baldwin Jake
Lake Bell Agness
John Krasinski 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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It's Complicated 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
dbunk902 More than 1 year ago
I'm not usually one to go seec comedies ont he big screen, but was so happy I did go see this one. I am now happy it is on DVD - I'm giving it as a gift to all my girlfriends with instructions to watch twice and call me in the morning. I laughed out loud over this one and know you will too. Meryl Streep is fantastic in this film and Alec Baldwin is hilarious in his smarmy way! I love Steve Martin in this and the entire trio have made a move I will go back watch over and over and over again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed this comedy. The interaction of the charactors, the story, and the unending laughter made this one of my most favorite movies of the past year.
Pris69 More than 1 year ago
Definately a movie for adults and or parents. I laughed from the begining to the end of the movie. Great choice of staring actors. They say laughter is the best medicine, so if your feeling blue or out of sorts go see or rent this movie. Definately a must see.
TravelerNY More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin are perfect together, add in Steve Martin and it is hysterical. I saw it in the theater and could not stop laughing. I have been looking forward to getting this on dvd and it is finally here. This was made be the same people who made Something's Got to Give, which is another favorite movie of mine. These are mature comedies, meant for adults. And it's nice to see Meryl so sexy and fabulous. And Alec Baldwin is great - he's so funny (and handsome). Teenagers might not appreciate this, but there are enough movie made just for them. It is nice to have such a great cast be put together in funny and touching movie like this directed at an older audience. Bravo!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie was really neat! Some very funny funny parts and was a real joy to watch. Enjoyed the original plot and had to laugh out loud several times. Great cast as well.
Major81 More than 1 year ago
"It's Complicated" is a beautifully shot movie. The Santa Barbara, CA locations make a great backdrop for the performances. Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin ans Steve Martin are reliably funny. Nancy Myers script and plotting detract from what would otherwise be an intriguing theme (sexuality, relationships and commitments for people over 50). That said, my wife really, really enjoyed it. She uncomprimisingly recommends it for "women of a certain age," such as herself.:)
Caroline64 More than 1 year ago
It was great to see a romance comedy that really related to the 40ish to 60ish group. The movie is so very funny and lighthearted and shows the vunerability of Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. The music was wonderful and will make you say "I remember that song". The scenes that have Alec trying to entice Meryl are a hoot - especially the laptop scene towards the end of the movie - predictable but still very funny! Loved it!
48rainbows More than 1 year ago
Its nice to see a love story for 40 older.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is absolutely hilarious! I saw it at the movie theater and will definitely be purchasing the DVD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The movie lacked a decent screen play. It has a few humorous parts. It contains the use of alcohol that leads to sex. It has scenes of marajuana smoking. Meryl Streep tried to pull off her character. Steve Martin didn't play a funny (it would have saved the movie if he had), and Alec Baldwin was just horrible(I don't think it was the script). The outdoor scenes were beautiful. I believe it was shot in Central California. I would not recommend paying for it on Bluray. It is definitely not worth the price of Bluray. If you needed a vehicle to sleep then this is for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie was excellent in the theater-- with audience participation in the humor... so I knew I'd be buying it for home. Great for adults to enjoy and relate to!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie really isn't worth watching. The storyline is okay, very simple to follow and very predictable. I felt the jokes were really flat and I didn't enjoy the humor. A lot of it seemed very overplayed to me - especially the scene with the weed. It overall was a thumbs down - however some of the people I saw it with loved it so I guess it's really a hit or miss. If you are looking for a movie that's very easy to follow and requires no brain cells, and has the occasional joke then I guess this is the one!
MaineMary More than 1 year ago
Very funny and an awesome cast...a movie that you will want to watch over and over...
mktgyr More than 1 year ago
I love any Romantic Comedy that Meryl Strep plays in and "It's Complicated" is no exception. This is a really fun romantic comedy. "It's Complicated" is about a middle-aged divorcee who has 3 grown children and owns a successful Bakery/Restaurant, after being divorced for 10 years, her ex-husband who is married to someone else wants her back... The story unfolds from there. "It's Complicated" is definitely worth adding to your collection.
momoftwinsMM More than 1 year ago
I laughed out loud! Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin are perfect. Not to mention the antics of John Krasinki's "caught in the middle" act which is just right. Steve Martin is not as zany as normal (as his character does not call for it), but plays the shy architect very well. The "affair" and the comedic antics it provokes is fabulous! I recommend it to anyone who wants enjoys a good story and comedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hilarious. Well-written, well-acted. I am recommending this movie to all my girlfriends. It is also a good girlfriend out night movie. I have already seen it three times and each time I cannot stop laughing. Meryl Streep and Alec Balwin are awesome. Pairing this cast was a stroke of genious. The adult children even seem to look alike and have their parents demeanor. I am also a follower of John Krasinski and am expecting many great roles to come from him. As the future son-in-law, he is the glue in this otherwise unglued situation. He makes it all so seemless as he interjects himself into this family. What parent would not want their daughter to marry such a guy. Merly keeps it real as she concludes that she is beautiful and does not need plastic surgery, that is, she personifies that women can remain beautiful, sensual and sexy as we age without undergoing a knife. I believe this movie will go down as a classic keeper. It is a realistic view of where many in my generation are at present. The soundtrack is awesome and I have attempted to buy it also, but as of now it is only released as downloadable singles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want a movie which is enjoyable, not having to think to much and that makes you laugh, go see this one. Meryl Streep is great as always and Alec Baldwin is very funny in this movie. Steve Martin playes a different role than normal, as he is more serious is this role. He does do a good job. The story and plot are good, the visuals are great and it is just a very funny movie. Enjoy!
Hairflower More than 1 year ago
This was the best movie I have seen in such a while. I have watched it 4 times in the last 2 weeks. I laugh everytime! I would like to say Kudos to them All, Great acting....I am familiar with this topic...but at a much younger age. I was a young bride and divorcey at the ages of 16-21ish I know how all of this works and it is very ON, next to the real thing. I loved this Movie and the Actors and Actresses in it. Perfect Casting!
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