It's Complicated

While there are some good laughs in the latest from writer-director Nancy Meyers, the film is actually done in by a surprising culprit of bad overacting—none other than the ever-reliable Meryl Streep. The movie is bubble-headed, and she treats it like bad Shakespeare. While others in the cast—including Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and a very funny John Krasinski—seem to know they are in a silly movie, Streep kills the fun when she talks. Where’s Diane Keaton when you need her? Streep plays Jane, a divorced mom who is forced to mingle with her ex-husband, Jake (Baldwin), and his new girl, Agness (Lake Bell). Jake, who is not having fun with his much-younger wife, notices that Jane is still kind of hot. The two slam a bunch of cocktails and wind up in a hotel room doing unspeakably nasty things, which are punctuated by Jane’s profuse vomiting. They start an affair that is complicated by her dating a bashful architect (Martin). I laughed hard during a pot-smoking sequence, but found myself annoyed by Streep’s shrill performance.

Credits

Director:

  • Nancy Meyers

Cast:

  • Meryl Streep
  • Steve Martin
  • Alec Baldwin
  • John Krasinski
  • Lake Bell
  • Rita Wilson
  • Zoe Kazan
  • Hunter Parrish
  • Caitlin Fitzgerald
  • Mary Place
  • Alexandra Wentworth
  • Nora Dunn
  • Blanchard Ryan
  • James Patrick Stuart
  • Robert Curtis-Brown
  • Peter Mackenzie
  • Michael Rivera
  • Rosalie Ward

Producers:

  • Nancy Meyers
  • Scott Rudin
  • Ilona Herzberg
  • Suzanne Farwell

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