Ten years ago Jake cheated on his wife, Jane, and the two ended up divorcing. Now, with Jake remarried to an attractive younger woman, he and Jane find they are still in love and Jane becomes the other woman. With the two together again for their son’s college graduation, their kids get their hopes up even as Jake and Jane try to figure out what they are doing.
Meryl Streep (Jane), Steve Martin (Adam), Alec Baldwin (Jake), John Krasinski (Harley), Lake Bell (Agness), Mary Kay Place (Joanne), Rita Wilson (Trisha), Alexandra Wentworth (Diane), Hunter Parrish (Luke), Zoe Kazan (Gabby), Caitlin Fitzgerald (Lauren).
It’s Complicated starts off a bit slow before picking up the pace a bit and tossing in some laughs. Sadly the film just never develops much energy which is a surprise considering the talent involved. The shifting of character moods throughout the film seemed inconsistent which didn’t help. First Jake was mild, then he turned into something of an undersexed slimeball. Jane seemed well grounded and mature and turned into a flake. Bell was sweet at first, then suddenly went evil. The film finishing on a point that seemed inconsistent didn’t help any.
Acting was a confusing mix as well. Streep did okay but went from mature and collected to giddy and silly. Baldwin delivered his usual slimy womanizer performance. Martin was a blessing with a fairly consistent performance. The remainder of the supporting cast did nicely which helped a lot.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were all nicely done and consistent with a medium-budgeted mainstream drama. Dialogue was okay but could have made more of an impact. Sound and soundtrack were nicely done.
Overall It’s Complicated is a lukewarm romantic drama that serious genre fans will likely enjoy, along with more mature audiences. Those hoping for strong comedy may be a bit disappointed.
With sexuality, including mild nudity, this should actually be fine for teens and above.
It’s Complicated is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
copyright ©2012 Dave Riedel
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