It's Complicated

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A decent comedy with some good laughs - declanh

10 Points

Viewer Rating:declanh has rated It's Complicated rating: 3 Star

The complications in Meryl Streep's family life - at least for the audience starts with trying to understand the kids that she has. There is a daughter Gabby (Zoe Kazan) - who looks 16 - but is 26 in reality - and her location among the birth order of Streep's children is difficult to figure out.
Then there is Harley (John Krasinski) - who may or may not be Streep's eldest son (we're never properly introduced to the family) - but once we find out he's the soon-to-be son-in-law and his role is clear, the movie becomes much better.
The focus on the story is how Streep and Baldwin are 10 years divorced, but clearly hold a flame for each other. Baldwin is married to the much younger Agnes ( a disappointing Lake Bell) - though is old enough to know better - and want a more fulfilling life than the one he has with Agnes.
Though having an affair with his ex-wife is hardly the best way to do it - he woos Streep - repeatedly - though Streep is finding her feet in a new relationship with Adam (Steve Martin).
You'll never enjoy the phrase ("Home Sweet Home") the same way again -a mark of classic comedic acting by Baldwin.
Krasinski is a fantastic scene stealer from mid-way through the movie - and in fact is badly missed in one or two of the later scenes when you just know that there is a punch line for him to add to the mirth.
Martin and Streep have a good time on a "poke smot" scenes - and the movie itself will give you a passion for some cooking and good home made food.

It is an endearing funny movie - though may not stand a second viewing - but there are few classics being written at the moment.


Somehow Steve Martin is a headliner in this movie, and yet he is not the star - Krasinski is the star - but Streep holds the movie together with sheer class.

Review published on the 05 January 2010 23:27

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