The BEST date movie EVER! Dozens of belly laughs throughout the movie. If you’ve loved and lost or never loved at all, It’s Complicated will make your heart sing. Guys, if you want to get lucky, see this movie with the woman in your life. I’m about as cynical and jaded as a woman can be about men, but I left the theater thinking it might be about time to bring my self-imposed 17+ years of celibacy to an end!
Nancy Meyers, the director, has given us some of the best chick flicks ever: What Women Want, Private Benjamin, Something’s Gotta Give, and Irreconcilable Differences. Her films reflect the challenges real people face. This film is a love triangle between a pair of execs (Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin) with benefits and an architect (Steve Martin) who is expanding her home. In Ms. Meyers’ own words:
Meryl Streep articulated why this movie is so liberating:
[Ms. Meyers] tapped into something deep about families who’ve encountered divorce…or anybody who has been abandoned by someone they love. . .forgotten women: women who don’t see their lives played out the way they do in this film. There are no movies in which a woman, 10 years happily divorced, reignites a relationship with her ex. This is not a common occurrence in movies…or in life.
How often do we get to go back to the loves we’ve lost to examine honestly and lovingly what went wrong with the relationship? Yet, we all need the closure so that we can move on to a relationship that will hopefully be happier and healthier and more loving.
The movie was cast brilliantly. Alec Baldwin is very credible as a self-absorbed attorney who is happiest when he is cheating on his wife. Meryl Streep brings her dignity and strength of character and humor to the movie. Ironically, she’s more passionate about food in this movie than she was in Julie & Julia. Her chemistry with Baldwin was what was missing from that movie. Steve Martin is brilliant as the divorced, introspective, sensitive architect who quickly realizes there’s a triangle going on ~ the same issue that broke up his own marriage.
Alec Baldwin is the bad boy too many of us have loved. There’s something charismatic and sexy about them that draws us in. Steve Martin, on the other hand, is the guy who will make us happy if we give him the chance. He’s solid and healthy. He listens. He cares. And, he’s strong enough to avoid being drawn into the drama.
There’s some poetic justice when the former mistress, now current wife, realizes her husband is cheating on her with his ex-wife. She kicks Alec Baldwin to the curb.
I left the theater thinking that intimately sharing food, drink, and conversation is about the best foreplay on the planet. I wanted to live in Jane’s house in Santa Barbara and cook in her kitchen. And, I want to find myself a good guy. I’m done with abusive men who cheat. . .I never could comprehend why a man with steak at home would go out for hamburger. But, they do. I can’t wait for this movie to come out on DVD.