It's Complicated | Chicago Reader

It's Complicated

Nancy Meyers has become not just a writer-director but a brand: after What Women Want (2000) and Something's Gotta Give (2003), middle-aged women know they can count on her for undemanding relationship comedy that treats them with a little respect. Her fourth feature stars Meryl Streep as a mother of three grown kids and Alec Baldwin, doing his usual cock-of-the-walk routine, as her ex-husband, who left her ten years earlier for a young honey but now decides he wants into her pants again. At first she welcomes their heavy-breathing trysts, but then a more wholesome alternative presents itself in the form of Steve Martin, badly miscast as a gentle, lonely architect. The comedy approaches true hilarity only when Meyers resorts to the surefire gimmick of having the oldsters get massively stoned at a party, though Streep's dilemma is handled well enough for the movie to accumulate some gravitas as it nears the two-hour mark. With John Krasinski and Zoe Kazan.

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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