Wednesday, June 02, 2010

It's Complicated

Okay, it isn't that complicated. Jane (Meryl Streep) has been divorced from Jake (Alec Baldwin) for 10 years, but they meet at their son's graduation from college and feel that old attraction. In the meantime, however, Jane is attracted to her architect, Adam (Steve Martin). Whom would you choose?

Alec Baldwin is a master at comedy, and he's got that low, sexy voice to go with it. Yes, his body is slowly expanding, much like that oil slick we're hearing about every day, but he oozes charm. However, drawbacks may include the fact that he's cheating on his (much younger) wife. Just like he cheated on Jane a decade ago. Plus, at times he's a complete idiot.

Unfortunately, other than the three things I just mentioned (Streep, Baldwin, and Martin), there isn't much to recommend this comedy. The physical comedy, for the most part, just doesn't work. All that works is that these marvelous over-50 actors (well, except for Baldwin, who's in his forties playing fifties) chewing up some scenery. But the scenery just isn't written well enough or is interesting enough.

Pass unless you just have to see what these three are doing nowadays, and I wouldn't blame you.

Thumb's down.


At 2:11 PM, Blogger Sheryl said...

We just saw this on Netflix - because we _have_ to see everything that Meryl Streep does. I agree totally with your review. I would like to have seen a little more of Steve Martin who was more a supporting actor than a main character. Also - what was the deal with the whiny immature kids?


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