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It’s Complicated

Year: 2009
Studio: Universal
Director: Nancy Meyers
Producer: Nancy Meyers/Scott Rudin
Writer: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson

Meryl Streep has more than found her comic mojo over the last few years, and it was a great pleasure to see Steve Martin in a movie about grown ups for a change, the last one he did being Shopgirl. It's only Alec Baldwin who comes off looking very stiff and uncomfortable in this enjoyable romp and ode to love later in life.

As the title suggests, life gets messier as you get older with a litter of emotional baggage and attachments behind you, even if you're wealthy and live in beautiful California wine country.

When successful but long-divorced bakery owner Jane (Streep) starts having an affair with her ex husband Jake (Baldwin), who's now married to a much younger woman, it's about as messy as her life can get. Especially when she starts taking a shine to the architect Adam (Martin) who's remodelling her house.

The set-up is interesting and there's a whole spirit there to a bygone era of filmmaking as well as a very modern paean to the amorous aspirations of the baby boomer generation, but I didn't notice much of it, I was just waiting for laughs.

It takes awhile for them to materialise and you won't really hold your sides in. The script has a few fumbles even in the hands of three very accomplished actors, but it's a crowd-pleasing but none-too-taxing love comedy.

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