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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

It’s Complicated

This movie may be the most perfectly titled movie ever. The plot is fairly simple. Jane and Jake Adler are an aging couple late in their years and divorced for 10 years. He is remarried of course to a significantly younger woman and she lives alone in a huge mansion like home. This is a story of their mostly sexual affair they have when both of them are looking for more out of life. 

For the most part this movie made me feel uncomfortable. I never really laughed at this so-called romantic comedy and I could not relax for the duration of this two-hour and one minute film. This film had a lot of familiar seen it before been there done that comic scenarios. For instance two older characters getting high at a college graduation party. In short nothing in this movie was terribly creative or original. I have nothing against always reliable scenarios mind you I just never really liked this film. 

       The acting was good and the direction was excellent. Nancy Meyers is the director and is well known in the field of comedy films. See has directed such films as The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give, and What Women Want. She has written a few classics too. She has even been producer on many comedy classics. She was all three in this film. 

        The two main actors in this title are both very well known veterans of the big screen. Almost everybody in America has heard of both Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep. Steve Martin stars in this movie two so the cast is legendary. I have no complaints about any of them. 

      Once again I admit I am a very harsh critic on comedy movies. I never truly enjoyed this film and was never really surprised by its comedic scenarios. I will not rent this movie again nor will I recommend it to anyone I know. It is just another average run of the mill comedy. If you want me to laugh then be creative. This film was never creative. Feel free to write me back and disagree. 

Grade C-

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm