Excerpt: When you think of romantic comedies, you generally think of younger to middle age actors or actresses. People like Katherine Heigl, Kate Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Jennifer Lopez. Generally, the genre is rather formulaic. Boy meets girl, they find something they hate about each other, they eventually realise how much they love each other and then they live happily ever after.
Excerpt: I think a lot of people -- particularly the older women it was designed for -- would be insulted by It's Complicated , the latest cashmere and calla lily-scented effusion to waft from the mind of Nancy Meyers, if the director took her DKNY boot off their jugulars long enough for it to occur to them.
Excerpt: A cheap, uninspired movie critic will utilize the movie’s title in the review in a desperate attempt to seem witty. Take for instance, “ Funny People really has funny people in it!” Ha ha! Well, It’s Complicated is, well, it’s freakin’ complicated. Sorry. Jane (Meryl Streep) is divorced from Jake (Alec Baldwin), who left her for a younger woman. However, Jake and Jane still have a spark, a complication since Jane is now falling for Adam (Steve Martin), her architect.
Conclusion: Though intended for more seasoned genre addicts, It's Complicated fails to surprise, ring true, or offer its narrow target audience anything they haven't laughed at before. Still, its cast elevates the film above the average dreck, injecting their infectious charm wherever it lacks soul. To its credit, Universal's Blu-ray release is more affecting than the film itself.
Conclusion: 'It's Complicated' won't have you rolling in the aisles, but it will put a smile on your face and make you feel all warm inside, thanks to the talents of Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, and John Krasinski, and the confident hand of writer-director Nancy Meyers. Despite its middle-aged slant, this marital romp should appeal to singles and couples of all ages, and while solid video and audio make it all look and sound fairly spry, the supplemental package could...
Excerpt: We've all been there before, right? You live alone in a palatial Santa Barbara house with a kitchen that you constantly want to renovate even though it features two ovens. Your kids have grown up and moved on with their lives but they're magically back home all the time, wandering around sleepy in pajamas or hosting parties at their own tastefully decorated beige homes.
Excerpt: With Something’s Gotta Give and the new It’s Complicated , writer-director Nancy Meyers has cornered the market on poorly titled dramedies about revitalized older women finding love after menopause. Both films are shrewdly and even cynically calculated to some extent, aggravated further by Meyers’ habit of backing away from thorny dramatic situations with broad, pandering stabs at crowd-pleasing humor.
Summary: There’s actually nothing complicated about this grown-ups’ romantic-comedy from Nancy Meyers. She directed What Women Want , the themes of which play out here in a film designed purely as cinematic comfort food. That means plenty of prestige and age-related angst afforded to Meryl Streep’s character, Jane, a successful divorcee who finds herself fending off the attention of two men.