Its Complicated

Theatrical Release: December 25, 2009
Its Complicated


Writer/director Nancy Meyers (‘Something’s Gotta Give,’ ‘The Holiday’) directs Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin in ‘It’s Complicated,’ a comedy about love, divorce and everything in between.

Jane (Streep) is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has–after a decade of divorce–an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Jake (Baldwin). But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for their son’s college graduation, things start to get complicated. An innocent meal together turns into the unimaginable–an affair. With Jake remarried to the much younger Agness (Lake Bell), Jane is now, of all things, the other woman.

Caught in the middle of their renewed romance is Adam (Martin), an architect hired to remodel Jane’s kitchen. Healing from a divorce of his own, Adam starts to fall for Jane, but soon realizes he’s become part of a love triangle.

Should Jane and Jake move on with their lives, or is love truly lovelier the second time around? It’s…complicated.

Dove Review

Meryl Streep’s character, named Jane, winds up having to choose between two men, her ex-husband Jake (Alec Baldwin) or a new man she’s met named Adam (Steve Martin). However, a problem area for us is that Jane becomes the “other woman” when she has an affair with her now remarried ex-husband Jake. Jake has remarried a much younger woman named Agness (Lake Bell).

Although the characters are vivid in the film, and the movie does deal a bit with the effect of divorce on the kids, due to the strong sexual comments and the affair, not to mention a drug scene, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this movie.

Content Description

Sex: Frank sexual comments; talk of man cheating on wife; sexual slang and gestures; passionate kissing.
Language: G/OMG-20; Slang for male genitals-1; A few slang remarks about having sex and a woman is called a sl*t; A-1
Violence: A comical scene in which a spying character falls back wards into the shrubs.
Drugs: Lots of drinking scenes including the drinking of wine and beer; talk of smoking marijuana; a character smokes a marijuana cigarette; a man is on prescription medication.
Nudity: A breast is exposed; cleavage; rear male nudity; shirtless man.
Other: A character vomits; the effects of divorce on children; fertility issues.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Nancy Meyers
Director: Nancy Meyers
Producer: Scott Rudin
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 118 min.
Industry Rating: R
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter