Sunday, January 10, 2010

It's Complicated

Movie name: It's Complicated
Year of release: 2009
Director: Nancy Meyers
Stars: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson, Hunter Parrish, Zoe Kazan, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Nora Dunn, Bruce Altman
Genre: Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 4

Synopsis:Nancy Meyers new film following the success of "Holiday" is another woman's story, very much like her best film "Something's Gotta Give". The film follows the story of Jane who's been divorced from Jake for 10 years. The two remain on good terms, since they have 3 grown children. Jake has remarried to a much younger woman and they are trying to have a baby together. Jane and Jake embark on an affair, at the same time Jane meets someone available that may change her life.
Nancy Meyers films are always a slice of privileged life for middle aged women (for the most part). Her heroines are usually navigating through life as accomplished successful women, for whom men are a romantic necessity. Unlike Jane Campion whose women are at odds with the world they inhabit, Nancy Meyers usually chooses to populate her stories in a world of privilege, where her women are already successful and financially opulent. "It's Complicated" is no different - the film just tackles an older woman whose children are all grown up and who sees a new chance of embarking in a relationship. However Meyers chooses to treat this in a very light way, never really embracing what could be the challenge of finding someone when you're 60. The film has it's farcical moments, mostly due to the quality of the actors, particularly Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. For them alone the film is visible, but hardly recommended.