In "It's Complicated," Meryl Streep plays Jane Adler, who owns a bakery-restaurant that, of course, is always busy in bucolic Santa Barbara. Divorced with three grown children - with an empty but very nice nest - she gets along with her ex, Jake (Alec Baldwin), a lawyer who has remarried a much-younger woman, Agness (Lake Bell), with a hard body.
After a year of unintentional abstinence, Jane and her ex drunkenly hook up at their son's college graduation, and Jake starts feeling like he made a mistake and begins pursuing her. But when it rains, it pours, and Jane has another suitor, her architect Adam (Steve Martin), also bruised from a divorce. As the title suggests love and sex bring complications, especially with people who have a history.
But it's nothing that isn't helped by a good oldies soundtrack and some cute montages; so "It's Complicated" never gets too edgy. Still, Meyers' willingness to make independent minded, middle-age women desirable and deal with their sexuality makes her rare in the film world. So while somewhat limited in her vision, the filmmaker is foremost an entertainer.
A lot of that goes into the casting. Streep - who has the best laugh in Hollywood - is winning as usual, looking her age but still looking fabulous (there is an amusing moment with a plastic surgeon). The early-50ish Alec Baldwin looks his age (something Grant never did) but displays his own smooth appeal, even as he comically lets it all hang out.
Surreal 'Parnassus'When is Terry Gilliam not strange?
His latest, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," is inspired at times, but unfortunately will be remembered as the last film Heath Ledger made. The actor died of a drug overdose.
"Imaginarium" tells the story of Dr. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), who runs a rag-tag traveling theater troupe with a supernatural portal that allows audience members to go where their imaginations take them. Seemingly immortal, Parnassus has promised the devil (Tom Waits) his firstborn (Lily Cole) when she reaches the age of 16, a date rapidly approaching. As the doctor tries to find a way out of the pact, a mysterious stranger without a memory - Ledger's character Tony - shows up.
It's how Tony appears that will give some people pause - as a hanged man who is revived. When Ledger died, Gilliam finished the film with a little help from his friends - Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell and Jude Law - who played Tony in alternate universes.
Figuring out what "Imaginarium" is about may take some doing, but like all of Gilliam's films, it's visually fascinating, with bursts of color and surreal juxtapositions.
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