It’s Complicated


(out of 5)

Ten years after her husband () left her for a much younger woman,  is a confident and adjusted single woman with three kids and a collection of good girlfriends. When she attends her son’s graduation in New York City and finds her ex there alone, the two of them have dinner and drinks together and, crazily enough, end up in bed. It’s a crazy mistake soon forgotten, until he shows up at her house back in California, announcing that he wants to initiate an affair with her that she finds she can’t resist. Complicating matters is the appearance of a sweet, divorced architect () who is remodeling Streep’s house and has taken a genuine shine to her. Director Nancy Meyers reconfigures her wonderful Something’s Gotta Give as a vehicle for one of the greatest actresses in cinema history, and has a wonderful time bringing out all her most cherishable character traits. Streep’s humour, wily intelligence and painful vulnerability carry a breezy, likeable film that never tries to get too serious but certainly has its moments of genuine meaning. Her chemistry with both of her male co-stars is wonderful, Baldwin is especially great, and the film’s mellow pace suits the thoughful examination of second chances and the never-ending need to make important life choices.

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USA, 2009

Directed by

Screenplay by Nancy Meyers

Cinematography by 

Produced by ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,


Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical (Meryl Streep)
Best Screenplay (Nancy Meyers)

National Board Of Review Award
Best Acting by an Ensemble (Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson, Alexandra Wentworth, Hunter Parrish, Zoe Kazan)

British Academy Award Nomination
Best Supporting Actor (Alec Baldwin)



One thought on “It’s Complicated

  1. Just finished watching my favorite Nancy Meyers films. It’s Complicated, The Holiday and Something’s Gotta Give. I want more! I want to know what happens to all these characters in the future, say five years down the road! Please tell these stories- people will watch… I know I will!

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