Review: It’s Complicated
DVD: It’s Complicated (2009)
Jane (Meryl Streep) is fabulously wealthy and owns a successful bakery in sunny California, and Jake Adler (Alec Baldwin), an equally rich lawyer, have been divorced for 10 years and have 3 grown up children who have left the nest.
Jake left Jane for a much younger, sexier, exotic woman. When the Adler’s all attend their sons graduation, in true ‘romantic screwball’ style, Jake and Jane rekindle their relationship, and they continue to have an affair once they’re home. In the meantime, Jane also begins building a new section to her already huge house, so she can have her ‘dream kitchen’ and meets Adam (Steve Martin, who has hit the botox hard for this movie) the architect, and begins dating him.
I think writer/director Nancy Meyers gives women what they want, or rather wanted (this film is from 2009), an extremely rich and successful middle aged woman who has been abandoned by her husband for a much younger woman, who has a gaggle of close friends who hate the other woman but shriek with delight at the thought of Jane being unfaithful with her ex, all while eating massive cakes…oh and let’s not forget that she’s finally getting her dream kitchen, because that’s what all us girls want…TWO men and a huge kitchen where we can cook for those men. It’s just… bleughhh.
Jane has it all, the wealth, the success, she’s stuck it to the younger wife who stole her husband and got him slavering over her along with a new man (also rich and successful) and … yes there is a happy ending (not for the ex-husband or young wife). It’s a total middle aged woman fantasy, or perhaps the American middle aged woman fantasy?
Hmmm, I don’t know. I also don’t know who exactly this would appeal too, as despite the great cast its just plain boring.
- The Making Of ‘It’s Complicated’
- Feature Commentary with Producer/Writer/Director Nancy Meyers Executive Producer Suzanne Farwell Director of Photography John Toll, ASC and Editor Joe Hutshing, ACE.
Released May 22nd.
Review by Tina from a disc kindly supplied by Fabulous Films.