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Saturday, May 01, 2010

It's Complicated

2009 120 minutes
Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin
Written and Directed by Nancy Meyers
* out of ****

The cover of the DVD and the poster for the theatrical release of It's Complicated feature Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin in bed together. Within the first five minutes of the movie, we find out that the two are divorced and Baldwin has remarried a younger woman. We also see that Baldwin is an absolute pig who shouldn't be with anyone. Five minutes later, Steve Martin is revealed to the audience as a just-divorced architect working on Streep's home. Also, he has a crush on her. Using my supreme powers of deduction to somehow miraculously predict the next two hours of the film, I promptly fell asleep. I'm still confident in the rating I've given this film, though. I made it through the first thirty minutes to see that Baldwin's new wife is a cheater who had a child with someone else during her relationship with Baldwin, conveniently creating just enough sympathy for his character that the audience isn't completely repulsed by the quick messy affair he has with his ex-wife, Streep, before she realizes the sweeter, more adoring Martin is better for her. This horrible film not only commited the unforgivable crime of deceiving Americans into wasting over a hundred million dollars to see it; it also wasted the considerable talents of the three leads. Now I need some M&M's or fried chicken or something to cleanse my palate.

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