It's Complicated


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.


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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.

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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 Clerk
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 Clinic
Blanchard Ryan
as Woman at Fertility Clinic
Geneva Carr
as Woman at Fertility Clinic
Eric Rath
as Man at Fertility Clinic
Phil Coccioletti
as Man at Fertility Clinic
Rosalie Ward
as Biltmore Reception Clerk
Jessica St. Clair
as Wedding Specialist
Ricardo Chacon
as Police Officer
Michael Yavnieli
as Police Officer
Robert Adamson (II)
as College Kid at Party
Patrick King
as College Kid at Party
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Critic Reviews for It's Complicated

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (40)

The movie won't take you to the top of the mountain or leave you with memories and references for discussion, but you won't be bored if you see it. Without compromising my standards, I can give this film an unqualified plus.

Jan 16, 2018 | Full Review…
The Atlantic
Top Critic

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

Jan 15, 2010 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Streep is as enjoyable as ever, and if laughs count for anything, this is one of the better romantic comedies of the season.

Jan 8, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

[Meyers has] given us her thinnest slice of comic relationship angst yet, proving, I guess, that you actually can be too thin.

Dec 28, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Writer-director Meyers, who's devoted much of her career to midlife American arousal, that she loses her sense of fun.

Dec 28, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Simply put, It's Complicated is a hoot.

Dec 28, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4

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
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
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer


Making it extremely cheesy and over-dramatic makes it worse than what it would have been. It's Complicated has a simple plot and that's something I favor, but at the same time it's got nothing to hold your interest. Besides being predictable, the execution is so clumsy and numb that I'd to struggle to stay awake throughout the movie. Of course, this didn't belong to one of my favorite genres, but I've seen way better than this one in its genre. The sad part is that I still gotta watch such kind of movies 'coz some (influential) people feel that the type of movies I'm addicted to can have an adverse effect on my (already "you guess what") thoughts!!!

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

Super Reviewer

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