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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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    57%
  • Audience Score
    60%

common sense

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

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    57%
    reviews counted: 1
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  • Audience

    60%

Top Critic Reviews

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

- Giles Hardie, smh.com.au, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

It's obviously for girls. I didn't hate it. It was just incredibly weird to watch. Grade: C

- CreedsDelight, Sunday, January 23, 2011

3 stars

It's obviously for girls. I didn't hate it. It was just incredibly weird to watch. Grade: C

- CreedsDelight, Sunday, January 23, 2011

3 stars

It's obviously for girls. I didn't hate it. It was just incredibly weird to watch. Grade: C

- CreedsDelight, Sunday, January 23, 2011