For the most part, It's Complicated is simple. Your tolerance for this romantic comedy from Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, The Holiday) will depend on whether you're susceptible to the charms of such films.
The writer-director seems intent on updating those sophisticated comedies that reigned from the 1930s to the early 1960s in which no one seemed to sweat and every other one starred Cary Grant.
In It's Complicated, Meryl Streep plays Jane Adler, who owns a bakery-restaurant that, of course, is always busy in bucolic Santa Barbara, Calif. Divorced with three grown children — with an empty but very nice nest — she gets along with her ex, Jake (Alec Baldwin), a lawyer who has remarried a much-younger woman, Agness (Lake Bell), with a hard body.
After a year of unintentional abstinence, Jane and her ex drunkenly hook up at their son's college graduation. Jake starts thinking he made a mistake and begins pursuing her. But Jane has another suitor, her architect, Adam (Steve Martin), also bruised from a divorce. As the title suggests, love and sex bring complications, especially with people who have a history.
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But it's nothing that isn't helped by a good oldies soundtrack and some cute montages; so It's Complicated never gets too edgy. Still, Meyers' willingness to make independent-minded, middle-age women desirable and deal with their sexuality makes her rare in the film world. So although somewhat limited in her vision, she is foremost an entertainer.
A lot of that goes into the casting. Streep — who has the best laugh in Hollywood — is winning, as usual, looking her age but still fabulous (there is an amusing moment with a plastic surgeon). The early-50ish Baldwin looks his age (something Grant never did) but displays his own smooth appeal, even as he comically lets it all hang out.
It's Complicated retails for $29.98 or $36.98 on Blu-ray.