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Still shot from the movie: It’s Complicated.

It’s Complicated

It's complicated. Jane (Meryl Streep) divorced Jake (Alec Baldwin) when he decided he wanted to marry a younger woman (Lake Bell). Then Jane met Adam (Steve Martin), a man really interested in her. But now Jake wants to get back together with Jane even though he is still married to Agnes. Get the movie review and more. »

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Run Time: 121
Theater Release: 25 Dec 2009
Video Release: 27 Apr 2010
MPAA Rating: R
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Texas_Lady says: Jan. 04, 2010

To give you some perspective on me,I am a 53 year old divorced Christian mom, with grown children.I have a sister who has a 16 year old daughter, and she asked me to tell her truthfully what I thought of the movie and if I would recommend letting her daughter see it. My answer was “no”. The following summary is why I say this. A couple female friends took me to this movie and we all expected to like it. There is no question…if you have been divorced there are parts that you will find side-splittingly funny, partly because they are so true to life’s experiences, and I laughed a lot. Streep is such a great actress, so it’s easy to like her in this part, and yet I had issues with her character. She allows her ex-husband to manipulate his way back into her life (sexually and otherwise) although he has remarried. He comes across as a scumbag and she comes across as weak and indecisive, at the minimum. The movie definitely says that “it’s OK to have an affair, especially if he was yours first anyway.” And on a more subtle note, the oldest daughter is engaged, but is already living with her husband-to-be, which seems to be fine with everyone. The one redeeming factor was that Streep finally did come to here senses and tell her ex to get out of her life, but even that didn’t seem FINAL. She talks about how she doesn’t regret giving their relationship a second try, and that he will always be a part of her, etc. At the end of the movie she ends up with the other guy, but I left the movie wondering how long she would have stood up to her ex if there had been more to the movie.
If you are prepared to see an adult movie with a lot of implied sexual acts, blatant discussion of those acts, and some nudity, then at least you will be going in prepared. But those things didn’t disturb me as much as the underlying messages that it was all perfectly OK, in fact, normal, to “try your ex-spouse just once more to see if it could work.”  I hope this is helpful.

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