Today: June 11, 2024

It’s Complicated

Bottom line: A grown-up rom-com for the menopausal classes.
Rating: 3/5.

Cast: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski.
Release Date: May 22nd 2023.
Format: DVD.
Certificate: 15.
Running Time: 115 mins.
Studio: Fabulous Films Ltd.
RRPP: £14.99.

Released on Christmas Day 2009, It’s Complicated became the surprise hit of the season— grossing $219.1 million worldwide and giving Writer/Director Nancy Meyers (The Holiday, What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give) yet another impressive notch on her bedpost.

With a thriving bakery, a new romance, and her divorce finally behind her, Jane Adler (Meryl Streep) has her life all figured out… until her ex-husband, Jake (Alec Baldwin), decides he’ll stop at nothing to win her back.

However, It’s Complicated is a far cry from the usual rom-com. There are no starry-eyed lovers making passionate declarations in the rain. Rather, what Meyers delivers is a warm and funny drama aimed firmly at what Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian called “the menopausal classes”. 

The narrative is that we’re all terribly mature now. So, while a fling with an old flame may be good for the libido, Jane Adler is far too sensible to get carried away by a little bit of nostalgia. Especially when there’s a business to run, three kids to manage, and that house remodelling to think of… Which is a shame, because, frankly, women of a certain age need more whirl-wind romances and less worldly responsibilities.

Extras include:
The Making Of ‘It’s Complicated’.
Feature Commentary with Producer/Writer/Director Nancy Meyers, Executive Producer Suzanne Farwell, Director of Photography John Toll, ASC and Editor Joe Hutshing, ACE.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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