Dir Nancy Meyers US (PG15)
Older people get it on too! That’s the message of It’s Complicated, the second geronto-com from Meyers after 2003’s Something’s Gotta Give. In this, Jane (Meryl Streep) is flustered by her encounter with serial womaniser Alec Baldwin. The complication is that she was married to Jake (Baldwin) – but he left her and their kids for other woman. Now Jake’s on a nostalgia trip, sweet-talking his independent ex into bed and a whole world of confusion.
Baldwin has terrific chemistry with Streep: the pair seem to be having a genuinely hilarious time together. You could watch this pair run around having a slapstick secret affair for hours. Unfortunately, Steve Martin has to poke his head in as the Sensible Alternative, and he’s miscast.Martin is fine in comic scenes, but unappealing as a romantic possibility. The inevitable conflict between the two men takes the film into more humdrum, sentimental territory, not helped by periodic appearances from Jane’s soppy grown-up children.
Still, Streep is as enjoyable as ever, and if laughs count for anything, this is one of the better romantic comedies out on DVD right now.