January 9, 2010
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Few women can make a movie that connects with all the key demographics. Kathryn Bigelow is no doubt one you can cater to the men, but lose a lot of women in the process. Nancy Meyers, the director of It’s Complicated, has managed in the past to make a movie that speaks to women but doesn’t repulse men. This time around, I didn’t feel it worked.
We follow Meryl Streep (AKA Oscar’s favorite lady) as a recently divorced woman trying to put her life back together as her son graduates college. This means her ex-husband (Alec Baldwin) and his severely younger new wife (Lake Bell) are constantly around. She takes solace in fulfilling her dream of finally adding a new addition to her house. This brings Steve Martin as Adam into the show as a kind and relatable man. A man who feels right for Meryl’s character, except that she’s sleeping with her ex-husband.
With the exception of some well executed jokes and John Krasinski, the movie just falls apart. I found myself rooting for something that the movie made believe was possible, only to repeatedly tear me in the opposite direction. Maybe love triangles in film just bug me, or maybe it’s just that I expected more from a wonderful cast, but this wasn’t all that fun to watch. It’s mediocre throughout. I found it hard to have any feelings after the movie one way or the other. It left me indifferent. It isn’t a bad movie, but I’m definitely not the target audience. 2.5 out of 5 stars