Mr. Movie

'It's Complicated' isn't, but it's good

Writer/director Nancy Meyers crafts a clever comedy about the complicated connection of a divorced couple.

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After a separation of a few years, a few drinks at a family get together lead to a night of romance. He’s married and she becomes the other woman to very young and beautiful woman who was her other woman when they were married.

The couple — of course — must keep the romance a secret from the family and from the new spouse and she is intrigued by a potential new beau who was unceremoniously dumped by his ex.

Though the plot sounds complicated, It’s Complicated isn’t. This is straight-ahead, sophisticated comedy, an evolution of what Doris Day, Rock Hudson and Tony Randall did in the 1960s.

Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin handle the main character chores and get excellent and fun support from The Office’s John Krasinski who manages a couple of times to forget that he’s not on TV and stops overacting.

Baldwin is always underrated and is outstanding, and Martin gives an uncommonly low-key performance. They’re good, but the movie is clearly owned by Streep, who juggles a hundred emotional balls. She’s giddy and timid and steps gingerly into the sticky, spidery web of deceit and is completely unable to resist the lure of what once was.

You, too, will find it irresistible.

Mr. Movie rating: 4 1/2 stars

Rated R for mature themes, language. It opens Friday, Dec. 25 at the Carmike 12 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.