It’s Complicated (2009)

Rated R. Our ratings: V-0; L-2; S-1/N-5. Running time: 1 hour 58 min.

You shall not commit adultery.
Exodus 20:14

Jane introduces her new love interest Adam to her former husband and his wife.

2009 Universal Studios

Nancy Meyers makes things complicated in her new film, but the simple fact is that she presents just an other Hollywood justification for adultery. Oh it is highly enjoyable, thanks to the great talent of Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin, but the makers still skillfully are seducing audiences to accept something once deemed repugnant. Streep’s character Jane Adler falls in love again with her remarried ex-husband Jake (Baldwin) when both are far from home attending the graduation of one of their sons in New York City.

There are some good family moments, notably when Jane’s grown children express their hurt resulting years ago from the divorce, but this largely formulaic film—there is the usual circle of female friends who too readily justify our heroine’s affair—will be difficult, I hope, for people of faith to accept its major premise that a little adultery is good for the soul when committed by Beautiful People. Most people will want to see the film either because of Steve Martin who plays Adam, the sensitive architect hired by Jane to remodel her house, and even more, for an opportunity to see what is perhaps our greatest screen actress. Even in mediocre films Ms. Streep is a joy to watch, though when you consider how good she can be when given such good material as in Julia and Julie, she seems wasted in such minor works as this.