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Written by Jan James Stetter   
Wednesday, 03 March 2010 09:52

Media Maven: "It's Complicated" Movie Review
Life wouldn't be quite as interesting without its complications. Our media maven fills you in on whether this film is a complicated mess or a complex delight.

Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson, Alexandria Wentworth, Hunter Parrish, Zoe Kazan, Caitlin Fitzgerald


"It's Complicated" could have been named "It's Adorable" and we still would have watched it with a tongue-in-cheek amusement of one couple's tryst long after the finalization of their divorce.


This film was an enjoyable romp where all parties involved seemed to be having a good time. Our story begins with Jane (Meryl Streep) saying goodbye to her last child, making her an empty nester and forcing her to reassess her life thus far.



Jane lives in a gorgeous home (a remnant from her divorce). She's a pastry chef who owns her own business and is the proprietor of a popular eatery in town. She has three faithful girlfriends and three adoring adult children. What doesn't she have in her life? A relationship. And that is all about to change.


Jane is having major remodeling done to her home, requiring architect Adam (Steve Martin) to meet with her for consultations. Adam serves as a kind, conscientious man, and he brings order to Jane's life in the midst of the chaos that ensues.


Out of the obligation of parenting and celebrating in the pride of their youngest son graduating from college, Jane is frequently in the company of her ex-husband, Jake (Alex Baldwin). Jake has married a much younger woman who already has a child and wants to conceive another with Jake.


Jane and Jake have long reconciled the demise of their marriage, yet find themselves suddenly attracted to the other. Jane and Jake hook up in a series of comical, lighthearted episodes of which her son-in-law-to-be, Harley (John Krasinski,) has discovered.


Is it just lust that Jane and Jake feel? Will Jake leave his trophy wife to recommit to Jane? What about the kind and caring Adam, the new man in Jane's life? Well, it's complicated. And if you want to find out the answers, you'll have to go see the movie of the same name.


Chic Stars: * * * *


Jan's Movie Rating System:


* * * * * — Top-notch entertainment

* * * * — Compelling, heartwarming, thrilling, comical

* * * — The a) story b) actors c) special effects saved/made this movie.

* * — If you are bored, watch it or wait for DVD

* — Don't bother. Too morose, too violent, too blase, an enigma.

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