It’s Complicated: Streep as Sexy Is a Joy to Behold
By Jill Brown
There are times in life, well at least in my life, when things have seemed lonely, dark and like the good times were never coming again. Lately, though things have been better. Much, much better and getting better all the time! Moments in my life have been cropping up all over the place that makes me sigh and exclaim out loud, “I freaking love my life!” And there’s usually an “and Los Angeles,” at the end of that proclamation to the world.
Tuesday night was no exception to this general theme of loving life, as I had the opportunity to attend an advanced screening of Universal Picture’s new Nancy Meyer’s film, It’s Complicated. How lucky am I? Well if the movie wasn’t very good, maybe I wouldn’t be glowing, but as it happens, this is a fantastic, literally laugh out loud film that expertly blends humor and poignancy as Nancy Meyer’s always seems to achieve (she is responsible for one of my favorites, The Holiday, as well as Something’s Gotta Give).
The movie is just the right blend of comedy and real life questioning, absurdity and the clichés that life always seems to offer us (like someone wanting us back when we finally move on and meet someone new!).
It’s Complicated features an amazing cast including my favorite actress of modern times Meryl Streep, as well as Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin. Streep plays the instantly relatable Jane, fabulous in so many areas of her life but still feeling lonely and confused after a divorce from her husband Jack ten years earlier (played by Alec Baldwin). Jane puts the courageous face on that so many of us women have donned at certain points in our life, smiling through challenges and relying on girlfriends to help us get back “out there” again to move on after set-backs in our personal lives. It seems just as she might be getting into a comfortable place with being a divorced woman, she is stumbling into an accidental romance with her architect (played by Steve Martin) and simultaneously Jack starts making a play for her again. Ultimately Jane must decide between what could be with someone new or what may be a second chance at love with a man she spent most of her life with in marriage. There is a reason Streep was just announced as a Golden Globe nominee for best actress in a comedy for her role in this film. She is, as usual, just fantastic.
The film is also nominated for a Golden Globe for best comedy.
It’s Complicated is definitely worth a see for audiences of all genders and ages. The movie has so much laughter and fun, as well are bittersweet moments of learning, disappointment and questions. I think men and women of all ages can learn from the story Jane and Jack take us through in a few hours (and I’m certain to some degree have experience at least one of the situations presented in their own lives). We’ve all lived through some complicated romantic relationships and situations. Watching Streep weave her way through an ideal scenario for any woman over fifty is the simple pleasure of this wonderful film.
Jill Brown is a Los Angeles, California-based life coach and writer. She earned her Bachelors in Humanities and Sociology from USU and is a member of the National Association for Conflict Resolution and the Ladies Who Launch Network. She is the founder of “The Duchess Guide” a website dedicated to helping women become their most fabulous and unique selves. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, traveler and health nut. When she isn’t writing or working on Duchess, Jill loves spending all her free time with her Labrador – Betty. For more on The Duchess Guide or Jill visit: www.theduchessguide.com