Rated R · 120 minutes · 2009

Romantic comedy
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.

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Official Site: www.itscomplicatedmovie.com
Director: Nancy Meyers
Producer: Nancy Meyers, Scott Rudin, Ilona Herzberg and Suzanne Farwell
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 and Rosalie Ward

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Colorado Springs Independent Opening this week Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel; Sherlock Holmes; Nine; It's Complicated 12/24/2009
Memphis Flyer It's Complicated by Hannah Sayle 12/24/2009
Colorado Springs Independent Simple pleasures Is It's Complicated satisfying, both as a comedy and a character piece about grown-ups not always sure how to behave as grown-ups? Most definitely. by Scott Renshaw 12/24/2009
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The Coast Halifax It's Complicated falls flat Nancy Myers' mature rom-com suffers from a lack of ambition. by Hillary Titley 12/31/2009
Charleston City Paper It's Complicated is a funny, filthy flick for women of a certain sense of humor As Leslie Bennett's article in the January Vanity Fair pointed out, Hollywood has recently discovered its audience is not made up entirely of teenage boys interested in gothic dismemberment and fart jokes. The reemergence of Meryl Streep, 60, as bankable at the box office has helped prove that women of a certain age also frequent movie theaters. by Felicia Feaster 12/23/2009

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