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It's Complicated: Beaucoup Boomer Humor (Movie Review)

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I can't remember the last time I laughed so much in a movie theatre.

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Fun and quirky, It's Complicated, which opened on Dec. 25th, stars Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. They all offer some of the most outstanding moments of their careers.

Streep is intoxicating, beautiful and sexy at sixty; Baldwin disarmingly charming; Martin is quietly enchanting and funny all the while.

It's written and directed by Nancy Meyers, (Something's Gotta Give, The Holiday, Irreconcilable Differences, Father of the Bride, Private Benjamin.)

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There's a bit of sizzling sex, a little pot smoking, and a lot of cherchez la femme and paramour du jour hilarity, especially for boomers willing to laugh at themselves and their foibles.

The plot (from the movie website):

Jane Adler (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 leads to several bottles of wine, which in turn becomes a laugh-filled evening of memories about their 19-year marriage... and then to an impulsive 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 this renewed romance is Adam (Martin), an architect hired to remodel Jane's kitchen. Also divorced, Adam starts to fall for Jane, but soon realizes he's become part of an unusual love triangle.

John Krasinski (Jim Halpert on NBC's hit comedy The Office) offers some extraordinarily funny moments in his juicy, supporting role as Harley, Lauren's fiance'e.

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The ex-couple's grown children are played by Caitlin Fitzgerald (Taking Woodstock, A Jersey Christmas) as Lauren, Zoe Kazan (Revolutionary Road, I Hate Valentine's Day) as Gabby and Hunter Parrish (17 Again, television's Weeds) as Luke.

Streep's closest friends (and romantic advisors) are Rita Wilson (Old Dogs, Sleepless in Seattle) as Trisha; Mary Kay Place (Julie & Julia, television's Big Love) as Joanne; Alexandra Wentworth (Office Space, television's Head Case) as Diane; and Nora Dunn (Pineapple Express, Bruce Almighty) as Sally.

The "R" rating is apparently for the pot smoking, as the frontal nudity was humorously and thankfully camouflaged. (Or, did I hear the "f" word once?)

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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