From where I stand, “It’s Complicated” is out to certify one predominant fact, and that is that fiftysomething women can be hotter than hot, sexier than women in their 40s and just a delicious treat to hop in bed with.
It’s a credibly enticing premise if a man is lucky enough to savor a woman like Meryl Streep’s Jane Adler, who has come into her own after a failed marriage with an overweight cad and blob played by Alec Baldwin.
In Nancy Meyers’ romantic comedy, we witness reconciliation. The blob is back, hornier than ever and readier than ever to appreciate the action delivered by his ex-wife and mother of their kids. Meanwhile, the new wife (Lake Bell) has morphed into a suburban frau with a new kid.
Ironic justice? Revenge of the discarded frau?
Better yet, Jane Adler has two choices. Up pops an architect, Adam, a svelte hunk played by Steve Martin. Talk about professional and emotional heaven for a divorcee with not one commitment.
DIRECTED BY: Nancy Meyer
STARRING: Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place and Rita Wilson
RUNNING TIME: 118 minutes
Is this all a dream? Or, as the romantic comedy seems to be advising, “You go, girl! Life is not over after a split. Redefine yourselves. You are still sexy. Your ex was a bore.”
“It’s Complicated” tends to ignore the real obstacles many divorced women face. Not every woman has the comfort of monetary support or a social avenue into a new, creative life. There are not many cool guys ripe for plucking, I guess.
This holiday comedy skirts realistic details, and why not?
Maybe “It’s Complicated” may nurture confidence and optimistic self-respect for a baby boomer generation threatened by arcane notions of “hot and sexy.”
As it stands, “It’s Complicated” is a middlebrow fantasy, peppered with whimsy. It’s stiff, predictable and at its best, perhaps a feminist rallying cry for a generation of Oprahs.
Oh! A certified holiday hit.
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