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Review of Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in It's Complicated 2009-12-24 15:30:00

It's Complicated: An Affair to Remember

I haven't seen Something's Gotta Give, but I can tell you that It's Complicated is probably very similar. Same writer/director (Nancy Meyers), another cheeky title, another romantic comedy for a slightly older generation than what we're used to seeing. So why see It's Complicated? For the amazing leading man and leading lady.

Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin star as Jane and Jake Adams, a couple who re-ignite their spark 10 years after divorcing. Both former spouses have moved on, but in very different ways: Jane has made a life focusing on her successful bakery and being a doting mother to her three kids, while Jake has married the PYT (Lake Bell) that he cheated on Jane with.

That's just the tip of the iceberg though, so


Things get, well, complicated, when fiercely independent Jane starts feeling a little lonely. With the help of a few drinks, she and Jack end up in the sack during their son's college graduation weekend. As Jane contemplates the morality of her situation and whether or not she's ready for a reunion, Jack decides he's too old for his new life and quests to win back her heart.


With any other actors, It's Complicated could be passed off as a forgettable romantic comedy that doesn't bring much to the table. And don't get me wrong — there's nothing particularly nuanced about the script — but Baldwin and Streep are just so charming and watchable that I found the film to be one the funnier movies I've seen in awhile. Baldwin basically plays a slightly more down-to-earth version of Jack Donaghy, and his presence and comedic timing alone kept me smiling. Streep plays off of him perfectly, equal parts luminous and alluring; their scenes together are sometimes corny, but their chemistry is magic. Steve Martin fits perfectly as the third point of their love triangle.

One of the film's most pleasant surprises comes wrapped up as John Krasinski. The Office star doesn't get much face time in the promos and trailers, but after the big three leads he's easily the strongest member of the supporting cast. As the fiance of Jane and Jake's oldest daughter, Krasinski's Harley is put in a most awkward situation when he accidentally discovers his future in-laws' affair. From there on, Krasinski gets to play the clown as he nervously drinks, interjects, and struggles to keep the secret — and he scores big laughs in the process.

The bottom line: if you're looking to see Oscar-worthy actors having some fun in less serious roles, It's Complicated is just the ticket.

Photos courtesy of Universal Pictures

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cbombnewell cbombnewell 7 years
I usually don't like movies like this,but this looked pretty good to me in the previews.I will definitely rent it when it comes out.Plus I LOVE John Krasinski!
McRiguez McRiguez 7 years
I saw this christmas day with my mom and it was HILARIOUS! I just loved it! There was a lot of laughing out loud on this one. I saw Something's Gotta Give and liked that one was well, but this was better. It was nice seeing Steve Martin play the geeky straight leading man.
redchick152 redchick152 7 years
i'll probably netflix this one. anything with Meryl in it will be good. i've really enjoyed seeing her in such diverse roles the last couple years (devil wears prada, mama mia, julie and julia, etc.), she can do anything well!
lexichloe lexichloe 7 years
Meryl can do no wrong.
Happsmjc Happsmjc 7 years
When you said you hadn't seen Something's Gotta Give, I thought you meant As Good As it Get (which I love) and was sad because I love that movie. Then I realized I hardly watched Something's Gotta Give (I think I rented it one day). This looks cute though.
Molly Molly 7 years
Yup, Pretty Young Thing. I went to go see it with Buzz and pretty much burst out laughing every time Alec Baldwin was on the screen.
bibliophile bibliophile 7 years
What, pray tell, is PYT? I'm going to go out on a limb and say "pretty young thing"--is that correct? I cannot wait to see this film--great review!
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
I found Something's Gotta Give to me really long and tedious. But I love the three main actors in this movie. Meryl Streep manages to make boring movies watchable.
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