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It’s Complicated (2009)

June 15, 2010

6/10 Viagra Junkies 

Funny, but would have been funnier if I had menopause.

It’s Complicated is about a single ex-wife and her newly-married ex-husband who, after ten years of being bitterly divorced, find themselves staying at the same hotel for their son’s college graduation and, thanks to a whole lot of booze, strike up an affair with each other that neither of them saw coming. The ex-husband is all about it since he’s kind of fed up with his new wife and her demon child, but the ex-wife is torn about the whole darn thing, and then she starts going steady with her architect who has no idea about what’s going on with the two, and things get…dare I say it…complicated.


Was up ’til four AM last night thinking of that one, folks. It’s all downhill from here.

Now, if I were about thirty years older, had a gaggle of kids under my belt, a horribly low sperm count and a beer belly the size of a powder keg, something tells me that I’d be grabbing for an oxygen tank from laughing so hard at this one. But being the spawnless, virile and skinny twenty-something that I am, it ain’t exactly hitting close to home in any way shape or form.

Then again, it is a Nancy Meyers movie, and since she’s also the gal behind Something’s Gotta Give, The Holiday and both Father of the Brides (which are both pretty good, actually), it’s to be expected. It’s lighthearted stuff that’s generally aimed toward all the baby boomers in the crowd, but it’s nevertheless pretty enjoyable thanks to the pretty kickass trio of Meryl, Alec and Steve.

No, it’s not the best thing she’s ever done, but since it’s Meryl and Meryl can do no wrong, she’s good as our unlikely slut (her words, not mine), Jane Adler. Whatever, Meryl’s just the bomb, there’s no getting around it, don’t really know what else to write here. Not a terribly memorable role, but she does manage to get her hands on some doobage at a certain point, and anyone who’s seen Adaptation knows that Meryl plays one awesome burnout.

And guess what, so does Steve Martin. Even though it’s the same kinda forgettable story for his role as Meryl’s architect friend, Adam, I’m a big fan of the guy to begin with and he sure has his moments once he starts toking up.

It’s also too bad that this is apparently Alec Baldwin’s last movie role. Granted, The Cooler was the last thing he did that came anywhere close to his career-defining ten-minute cameo in Glengarry Glen Ross, but this just feels like an odd note to end on even if he is pretty funny as Meryl’s ex, Jake. I don’t know, it seems like his career has been completely revived since he became Jack Donaghy and I don’t know why he’d choose this as his swan song. Strange days in Hollywood, gang, but I’m thinking he’ll come around.

But once the boring first half-hour wraps up and folks start sleeping around, It’s Complicated isn’t half bad. Has some pretty entertaining awkward scenarios, a solid cast even though they don’t have to do a whole lot and a decent enough script that gets better as it goes on and works more than it probably should have since it really had me clueless in regards to how it was all gonna end up.

Other than that, can’t think of a whole lot else to report back on. But, hey, it is what it is and it’s about time I banged out a short review. Enjoy it while it lasts.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2010 7:33 am

    Steered clear of this one, uncomfortable with the way it seems to trivialise the emotional trauma of divorce it’s apparent moral ambiguity in relation to the plot.
    I enjoyed the Father of the Bride movies, nice mixture of humour, humiliation and sincere sentiment. Something’s Gotta Give was funny in places and easy to watch showing another side to Jack. Watched a clip recently of Glengarry Glen ross, looks good, a memorable if brief appearance from Big Alec.

    Good review Aiden.

    • June 16, 2010 3:15 am

      …have you not seen Glengary Glen Ross, Ronan. Great film! Absolute must see – great ensemble cast, great script from David Mamet.

  2. June 15, 2010 8:08 am

    I liked this quite a bit more than you seemed to – and I’m even younger than you are! It’s got that quaint Nancy Meyers charm with a WHOLE LOT of raunch added to the mix. In fact, my biggest complaint was that she didn’t seem to get how funny her movie was and that the comedic timing was a little off, causing me to miss some lines while still laughing.

    But glad to see we can agree that the weed scene was AWESOME.

  3. June 15, 2010 9:31 am

    firstly, ‘cut the crap movie reviews’, love the name, I agree with you, although I am a little older than you (only a little mind), I thought it wasnt too bad, I didnt laugh like crazy, did giggle a bit, snigger once or two, but thats it. I love Meryl Streep, and like most of her comedy film. I liked this film and did see it twice, second time seemed better than first, weird.

    Off to check out some more reviews.

    • June 15, 2010 11:51 am

      haha, thanks for the compliments and thanks for visiting! thought the same as you about this. enjoyable for what it is.

  4. June 15, 2010 10:46 am

    Definitely one of those movies that is aimed at a specific demographic (aka the 35-65 housewife demographic). Not sure if I will ever see this…

    • June 15, 2010 10:48 am

      Word. Think I’ll come back to it when I get my AARP card.

  5. June 15, 2010 1:29 pm

    it’s alright for the entertainment factor, but what bugged me most about it was that it really wasn’t that complicated!

  6. June 15, 2010 3:56 pm

    It was an entertaining film for Christmas and seeing Streep and Baldwin go for laughs was well worth it.

  7. June 15, 2010 11:16 pm

    Thank You! At least you said this movie was funny! So many people I know, my sis, hated this. For me, thought it was funny, but started to lose itself by the last act.

    • June 16, 2010 8:15 am

      Yeah, wasn’t half bad. Throwing weed into the mix really helped out.

  8. June 16, 2010 3:19 am

    Good review Aiden. At least you found it funny in places. That’s a start. But I don’t think this one’s for me.

    • June 16, 2010 8:22 am

      Yeah, I wouldn’t lose sleep over it. Wasn’t bad though.

  9. June 18, 2010 2:04 pm

    “Now, if I were about thirty years older, had a gaggle of kids under my belt, a horribly low sperm count and a beer belly the size of a powder keg, something tells me that I’d be grabbing for an oxygen tank from laughing so hard at this one.”

    This is why I continue to come back to your site. Incredibly funny stuff!

    You said it right when it comes to the performances, Meryl… good, Steve… good, Alec… ah, man can’t he just keep doing 30 Rock stuff. I felt he was a major drag in this movie more than anything. His comedic timing was more on the ball with his small role in The Departed than this. I’d like to see him use his newfound star better for good instead of evil.

    • June 18, 2010 2:13 pm

      lol, thanks, dude. yeah, Alec was on point in The Departed.

      “I’m going out for a smoke. You want a smoke? What are you, one of those health nuts? Eh, go fuck yourself.


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