Eschewing Hollywood’s usual tendency towards ageism Something’s Gotta Give and The Holiday writer/director Nancy Meyers’ new film is a farce of revived lust. Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep play ex-husband and wife who suddenly get the hots for each other after ten years apart. While Baldwin’s Jake – now married to a much younger model, with a nightmare toddler in tow – jumps at the chance, Streep’s bakery owner Jane is initially appalled at her own behaviour. Also in Jane’s life is an architect, Adam (Steve Martin), working on her property, who hasn’t dated since his divorce and takes a shine to his client.
As with Meyers’ previous film outings, if you like your comedy with a bit of edge, this certainly isn’t the film for you. If you are less choosy there are some fun moments – notably when Jane and Adam get high at a party and a hilarious set piece involving a laptop web chat and a naked Alec Baldwin. The Office’s John Krasinski also makes an appearance as Jane’s would-be son-in-law, though he’s too often relied upon to provide cheap comic relief. Ultimately It’s Complicated can only really be judged by the performers’ response to the screenplay: Baldwin has a giggle, Martin is left with a thankless task, while Streep never quite seems comfortable with the material. Uneven but not unfunny.
General release from Fri 8 Jan.