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Movie Review: It's Complicated

James Hinshaw - Saturday, December 26, 2009

We really enjoyed It's Complicated, starring Meryl Streep (Mamma Mia!, Julie and Julia), Alec Baldwin (The Departed, My Sister's Keeper), Steve Martin (Pink Panther, Cheaper By the Dozen), John Krasinski (Leatherheads, Dream Girls), Lake Bell (Over Her Dead Body, Still Waters), Mary Kay Place (Julie and Julia, Sweet Home Alabama), Rita Wilson (Mamma Mia!, Old Dogs).  Lots of big names, and I can feel confident that with this cast, it is a movie I am going to enjoy.  We did.  Story is given away in the trailers, Meryl and Alec are divorced, Alec has moved on to a "newer model", Lake Bell is about half his age, and they are attending the graduation of their son from a New York university. 

Meryl has a successful bakery and restaurant, and Alec is an attorney, a part he played very well in My Sister's Keeper.  By the way, how does he continue to get the good parts, when there are a slew of Baldwin brothers out there?  Just makes ya wonder.  So while at the wedding, Meryl and Alec find themselves together and alone, and have a fling.  They go back home to California, and have another fling.  Meryl is torn, she knows it is wrong, since he has re-married, but just can't stop herself. 

Steve Martin enters the picture as an architect working on a huge addition to her home.  He is also divorced, and develops an interest in seeing Meryl more than just for business.  Gets complicated, hence the title.  You would guess that this all comes out in the open, and you would be correct.  But how it comes out, and what happens is the funny part.  We did laugh out loud, and so did the rest of the audience. 

Mary Kay Place and Rita are a couple of Meryl's friends who meet once a month or so for meals and conversation, and they are excellent.  They added a lot to the show, and had several great lines. 

Not gonna scene spoiler on ya, just will let you know the movie follows a path that May and I thought was a good one, a couple of turns on the way.  We will go with 4 chocolate croissants (got to see it to understand), it was a fun movie. 
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