It's Complicated (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

It's Complicated (2009)



Critic Consensus: Despite fine work by an appealing cast, It's Complicated is predictable romantic comedy fare, going for broad laughs instead of subtlety and nuance.

Movie Info

Jane is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has -- after a decade of divorce -- an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Jake. But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for their son's college graduation, things start to get complicated. An innocent meal together turns into the unimaginable -- an affair. With Jake remarried to the much younger Agness, Jane is now, of all things, the other woman.more
Rating: R (for some drug content and sexuality)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Nancy Meyers
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 27, 2010
Box Office: $112.7M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Lake Bell
as Agness
Zoe Kazan
as Gabby
Nora Dunn
as Sally
Peter Mackenzie
as Dr. Allen
Pat Finn
as Hotel Doctor
Emily Kinney
as Waitress
Amelia Rasche
as Bakery Manager
Zack Robidas
as Hotel Reception Cler...
Lisa Lynn Masters
as Woman in Elevator
Scott Geyer
as Man in Elevator
Andrew Stewart Jones
as Restaurant Host
Jon Frazier
as Bartender
Ryan Silverman
as Bartender
Jennifer Restivo
as Woman at Bar
Dana Power
as Woman at Bar
Michael Kopp
as Self-Help Narrator
Deidre Goodwin
as Fertility Nurse
Jennifer Eatz
as Woman at Fertility C...
Blanchard Ryan
as Woman at Fertility C...
Geneva Carr
as Woman at Fertility C...
Eric Rath
as Man at Fertility Cli...
Phil Coccioletti
as Man at Fertility Cli...
Rosalie Ward
as Biltmore Reception C...
Jessica St. Clair
as Wedding Specialist
Ricardo Chacon
as Police Officer
Michael Yavnieli
as Police Officer
Robert Adamson
as College Kid at Party
Patrick King
as College Kid at Party
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Critic Reviews for It's Complicated

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (40)

It's really not all that complicated. But it is entertaining. It's pure, simple fun, with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin playing Doris Day and Rock Hudson as they might have been if they had ruled in the sexually knowing oughts, instead of the virginal ear

Full Review… | January 15, 2010
Top Critic

Pointlessly conveys throughout how important sex is in a relationship.

Full Review… | March 1, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The only thing complicated about Nancy Meyers' latest rom-com is its depiction of familial relationships. Why do Meryl Streep's adult children keep on cuddling and squeezing one another?

Full Review… | October 21, 2010

Alec Baldwin does the near impossible: he steals a Meryl Streep film from Meryl Streep.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

While it may be complicated for the characters, it's a simple formula for light movie entertainment.

Full Review… | June 8, 2010
Window to the Movies

A charming cast of veteran pros are at the top of their comic game.

Full Review… | May 16, 2010

Audience Reviews for It's Complicated

Yes the general plotline is predictable but the brilliant performances from Baldwin, Martin and Streep overshadow all that. The most enjoyable romantic comedy I've seen in a while.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

It's actually not that complicated: a woman has an affair with her ex-husband while engaging in a budding courtship with her architect.
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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

A great performance from Meryl Streep that has you laughing along with her and leaves you with a smile on your face. Shows you can have fun at whatever age. But with some consequences! A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

It's Complicated Quotes

Jane: Don't you ever eat at your house?
Jake: Pedro dictates most meals and he has a very... limited palate.
– Submitted by Adam K (3 years ago)
Jane: Why are you naked?!
Jake: Why do you think?!
– Submitted by Siddharth S (4 years ago)
Jake: And I like that you stopped getting bikini waxes. You've gone native. I was into it!
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)
Jane: Do you poke smot?
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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