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It’s Complicated: Surprisingly, a Family Movie

It's ComplicatedNEW YORK, Dec 10, 2009 / FW/ — With “Modern Family” and In the Middle shown during primetime, “It’s Complicated” coming to the big screen is a hilarious look into our society as we deal with the changing mores of the 21st century world.

A powerful cast led by Meryl Streep, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, “It’s Complicated” is a comedy about love, divorce and everything in between.

Jane Adler (two-time Academy Award® winner MERYL STREEP) is the mother of three grown kids, owns a thriving Santa Barbara bakery/restaurant and has—after a decade of divorce—an amicable relationship with her ex-husband, attorney Jake (ALEC BALDWIN). But when Jane and Jake find themselves out of town for their son’s college graduation, things start to get complicated.

An innocent meal together leads to several bottles of wine, which in turn becomes a laugh-filled evening of memories about their 19-year marriage…and then to an impulsive affair. With Jake remarried to the much younger Agness (LAKE BELL), Jane is now, of all things, the other woman.

Caught in the middle of this renewed romance is Adam (STEVE MARTIN), an architect hired to remodel Jane’s kitchen. Also divorced, Adam starts to fall for Jane, but soon realizes he’s become part of an unusual love triangle.

Should Jane and Jake move on with their separate lives, or has the passage of time made them realize that they really are better together than apart? It’s…complicated.

Says Meryl Streep about the project, writer, producer and director Nancy Meyers had “tapped into something deep about families who’ve encountered divorce…or anybody who has been abandoned by someone they love.”

Streep understood Jane as a woman who “had reached a point where, after the disruptions of a life, is having a good time.” She elaborates: “Her business is finally launched and successful, and she’s reconciled herself to the divorce that ended her marriage 10 years before. Jane’s embarking upon this big building project and interested in the architect of it. Things are looking great…until Jake re-enters her life.”

The actress believed that the comedy’s setup was sensitive to, as she puts it, “forgotten women: women who don’t see their lives played out the way they do in this film. There are no movies in which a woman, 10 years happily divorced, reignites a relationship with her ex. This is not a common occurrence in movies…or in life.”

It’s Complicated, in theaters on Christmas Day.