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Rated R · 118 minutes · 2009

Romantic comedy
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.
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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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