It's Complicated Reviews
I haven't seen all of Nora Ephron's films, but what strikes me about the ones I have seen are the reaction shots. In this film especially, every reaction shot displays the actor's pearly whites. It seems like people in Nora Ephron films are grotesquely, annoyingly happy all the time. And while this may seem like the ramblings of a hopeless cynic to some of you, I suggest that Ephron's emotional palette is restricted, and thus the stories she can tell and the notes the actors can play are also restricted. After all, the characters in this film are often dealing with heavy relationship-busting issues, but the shots in this film only display "aw-shucks" disappointment and life-is-beautiful glee.
Overall, Nora Ephron is now on my list of directors to avoid, and actors as good as Meryl Streep and Steve Martin can't come to the rescue.
However, you really can't go to far astray with Streep - who could make folding laundry into an oscar worthy performance. Here she is given a nice juicy role as a divorced empty nester who has taken what live has given her and made a nice comfortable life for herself, both financially and emotionally. 10 years after her divorce, she's finally come to terms with it, but then her ex, in a wonderful, earnest yet comic performance by Alec Baldwin, re-enters her life.
That is the central setup - how Streep and Baldwin circle around each other, reconnecting in spite of, or perhaps because of, all the old baggage. Each knows the other better than anyone else could, so they know how to push each other's buttons.
There are a couple of requisite scenes of the "girl's club", all laughter and sexy banter... I wonder, does this stuff really happen in real life? Or is this just a way for script writers to inject humour into the film?
Along with the "girl's club", this type of film is required to show "the children" - cardboard cutouts who you forget in an instant (except to notice that the young son is in Weeds) - who are there just as filler - showing concern and perhaps hinting at a "hurt" caused by the divorce (ho hum).
Although I will mention that the performance of the son in law is for the most part tasty, if a bit too touchy-feely.
The complicated part of the title comes when Steve Martin, the archetect in charge of Streeps home remodel and a divorcee himself, becomes interested in Streep. There are some very nice, natural moments between the two, but I found Martin's overall performance to be oddly off somehow - trying for the poignant "I'm still hurt" riff, but it somehow just doesn't gel.
There is an extended scene involving a party where Streep decides to take a toke of a little something that Baldwin had given her earlier - she immediatly becomes stoned, and when she offers some to Martin, her date for the evening... let's just say the writer should be shot for subjecting the audience to this lame and obvious attempt at levity.
In reality, this isn't a "bad" film - how could it be with Mz Oscar in a role that she can have some fun with, and truth be told the film is "right" whenever Baldwin is on screen, but while there are certain "adult" truths revealed here, I couldn't help but thinking that they always seem to make this type of film about upper class, successful people - I wonder how this would have played if Streep was a struggling single mom in middle America, Baldwin a car salesman just holding on to his job, and Martin maybe a roto-rooter guy. Just wondering....
Well, it was nowhere as good as people are saying, but having said that, it was a lot better than I expected also. Don't get me wrong, it is not a favourite, and I don't think I will be watching it again anytime soon, but as romantic comedies go, have seen a lot worse, and there was a few funny things and nice performances here.
Nancy Meyers is one of the most successful women directors in the industry. I've seen every one of her movies except her debut film 'Parent Trap', which starred the then adorable Lindsay Lohan. But I guess most of you have seen some of her movies and they are in fact actually entertaining.
When you look back at her movies, you'll see that her movies have a lot of so called A-list performers in 'em. 'It's Complicated' is no exception. Meryl Streep is probably the most successful actress ever and still going strong. In this movie, she's supported by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, the later in my opinion one of the funniest guys ever.
You'd think that there would be a lot of potential to make a funny film about an older divorced couple, that after a booze filled night happen to get the old spark goin'. You're right, there would be but in my opinion, 'It's Complicated' is just too nice. What's so funny about pot smokin' anymore? Nothin'. The "third wheel" in this movie, Steve Martin's character is also too nice. If there would've been some kind of nasty rivalry between them too guys, I'm sure that the movie would've been a hell of a lot more funnier.
There are some occasional funny scenes, most of 'em the ones with John Krasinski involved. Krasinski plays the son-in-law who knows what's going on between the two but he just has to keep his mouth shut. But what bothered me most is that the potential between Martin and Baldwin was totally left alone. Meryl Streep is a fine actress but she's no comedian.
'It's Complicated' is nevertheless worth a one time watch but there are a lot better comedies out there. If you're interested in Nancy Meyers movies, I'd recommend you to watch 'The Holiday'. It's her least successful movie but in my opinion her best... by far.
its really funny in places, with other moments just being a smirk !
you'll either like this movie or just find it boring!
its a mediocre storyline easy to foollow but not alot happening!
good cast but not a great movie!!