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It's Complicated

comedy, romance

Two-time Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin star in this hilarious look at marriage, divorce and everything in between.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
3 out of 5

Parents will dig this over-50 romcom, but kids won't.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that his mature romantic comedy starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin is age-appropriate for older teens and up, though adults are most likely to appreciate it. Although the sexuality isn't graphic, the movie's main themes concern infidellity, sex for the over-50 set, and dealing with grown-up children -- none of which is meant for younger kids. There's some swearing ("s--t" is the strongest of it), a good bit of social drinking (the main characters have their first adulterous night together after getting completely sloshed), and a couple of humorous scenes in which a marijuana joint is shared by three adult characters. Teens could get the message from the movie that being intoxicated lowers inhibitions (which is true) and since no negative consequences are shown, parents should talk to their kids about it. And, as in every other Nancy Meyers movie, everyone lives a completely pampered, wealthy lifestyle, this time in Santa Barbara. We should all be so lucky.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about how divorce affects children, even grown-up ones. What's the impact of Jane and Jake's affair?
  • The movie was rated R because of the pot-smoking scene. What conversation do you need to have with your teens about the effects of drinking and drugs on inhibitions?
  • This is one of the few movies that explores romance between adults in their 50s. How is Jane and Jake's "mature" romance different than romantic comedies starring younger actors?

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A refined, balanced and eminently funny film, featuring three sublime performances from its incredibly talented leads.

- Giles Hardie,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I have to say I really, really, really had no interest in seeing this at all. However, I saw it down the library, (free rental), and decided, what the hell, may as well see what people are making such a fuss over. Well, it was nowhere as good as people are saying, but having said that, it was a lot better than I expected also. Don't get me wrong, it is not a favourite, and I don't think I will be watching it again anytime soon, but as romantic comedies go, have seen a lot worse, and there was a few funny things and nice performances here.

- romy861, Sunday, October 31, 2010

1 star

For all you writers out there, this one's for you. When you write a story, you're always dealing with the details you use, considering how a specific detail might help -- or hurt -- your cause. In the case of It's Complicated, there's a particular detail I would point you to for a little writerly consideration. When Baldwin makes his way back, albeit temporarily, to the bosom of his family, one of his great ideas is to rent a movie for the family to watch. That movie is the now classic The Graduate. I'm of two minds here, which is a wonderful situation for an old guy like me since I really only have about half a mind left. My writer's perspective leads me to two possible conclusions: 1. This movie choice story detail is absolutely idiotic 2. This movie choice story detail is absolutely brilliant If it is Baldwin's clever idea to show his family -- especially his wife -- that their own situation pales in comparison to the truly complicated situation faced by Ben, Elaine, and Mrs. Robinson, then he is a very shrewd man. If, on the other hand, this is just a poorly-considered movie choice detail, then the writer(s) has made a stupid mistake. I mean come on, how seriously can you take the marriage problems of these wealthy caricatures in comparison with the closer to Sophoclean tragedy of Ben's having bedded both the mother and the daughter in The Graduate? Seriously, friends, who even gives a borat about the tribulations of Streep, Martin, and Baldwin in comparison to the idea of marrying the daughter after having slept with the mother? If Ben were to say of their situation, as he and Elaine bus off into who knows what kind of future at the end of The Graduate, that "it's complicated," that would be probably qualify as pretty staggering understatement. On the other hand, if Baldwin, Streep, or Martin were to say that for this triangle, we're talking laughably ridiculous. Complicated? It's not. Not by a long shot. Stupid, maybe, but who cares anyway? Thank goodness at least for Meryl Streep -- even though she should never have agreed to do this to begin with.

- binky013, Friday, September 17, 2010

1 star

No, it really wasn't that complicated.

- Godless, Tuesday, August 31, 2010