a review by Darby O’Gill
There’s nothing complicated about it; Nancy Meyers has once again delivered a hit! It’s Complicated is great! The story may not be new, but the way it’s told is. Meyers has written a script that Hollywood would love to make with a 20 or 30 something cast, but she didn’t write it for them. No, she wrote it for a cast in their 60’s, and I for one am really glad that she did.
In It’s Complicated, we follow the story of Jane, played by Meryl Streep, a woman that finds herself in her 60’s and single. Her ex-husband of many years, Jake, played by Alec Bladwin, has remarried; in fact he has married the younger woman he was having an affair with while with Jane. Thanks to their three kids, Jane and Jake have managed to keep a civil relationship with each other despite their divorce. But, when the family travels to New York, for one of their daughter’s college graduation, the unthinkable happens. Jane and Jack hook-up after a late night of drinking, and Jane now finds herself being her ex-husband’s mistress. If now being the other woman to the woman who broke up your marriage didn’t complicate things enough for poor Jane, she suddenly finds herself sparking up a budding relationship with her architect Adam, played by Steve Martin. John Krasinski gives a nice performance as the son-in-law that knows about Jane and Jack’s secret relationship, and is tortured by keeping it just that, a secret.
I really enjoyed this film. I don’t know if it was the mood I was in, or if it’s just Nancy Meyers’ refreshing spin on things. The really nice thing is that there are no tacky jokes about age. If anyone other than Meyers had written this story it would be full of “at my age” jokes. Like I said, the movie really could have been made with a cast of thirty year olds, but there is something great about the fact that it’s not. Now, don’t get me wrong. There are jokes about being older, but the nice thing is that they don’t rely on it like most films would. The cast, as you would expect, is fantastic! The pacing is pitch perfect. And if nothing else, Nancy Meyers has once again proved that she truly is the queen of romantic comedies.