— by RACHEL COYNE —
“It’s Complicated” is a comedy starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.
What, that wasn’t enough to sell you on it? That seems to be all the studio is relying on to attract an audience, but if you insist …
In an effort to show that being over 50 doesn’t mean you have to be old and boring, these three power players are tackling the romantic comedy genre.
Streep and Baldwin are Jane and Jake, a formerly married couple who split when he left her for a younger woman. But when he discovers that dating someone half his age isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, Jake starts sniffing around Jane again, who finds that she actually enjoys the role of “the other woman” a lot more than “wife.”
While she’s enjoying the new-found playfulness in her illicit relationship with her ex-husband, the architect who’s working on her house (played by Martin) has also set his sights on Jane. And Jane find him to be funny and charming, too, so who is she going to choose?
It’s pretty standard rom-com fare, but the filmmakers are obviously hoping that the three stars will bring it to an elevated level. Which they very well might; I’m not denying that Streep, Baldwin, and Martin are all extremely gifted, and funny, actors. But I am denying the studio my dollars for a movie ticket and adding this to the Netflix queue instead.
“It’s Complicated” proves that 50 is the new 30 on Dec. 25.
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