Faith and Family Film Review: It’s Complicated
By Catholic Office of Film and Broadcasting
It’s Complicated—A decade after their divorce, a couple (Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin) reconnect and have an affair, despite his second marriage to a much younger wife (Lake Bell) and her budding romance with an architect (Steve Martin). Though it highlights the lasting emotional toll exacted on children when their parents split, writer-director Nancy Meyers’ aesthetically smooth-running romantic comedy is aptly titled from a Catholic moral perspective, since — assuming their union was valid to begin with — the pair’s seeming adultery, presented as a daring feminist adventure for Streep’s well-delineated character, would in fact be marital lovemaking, yet the breach of trust with the new “spouse” can hardly be excused, and adds a further twist to an ethically tangled story demanding careful evaluation by mature viewers. Complex moral issues; skewed values; implied sexual activity, some of it adulterous; off-screen masturbation; fleeting rear nudity; considerable drug use; some sexual references and humor; and a half-dozen crude or crass terms. L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. (R) 2009. Full Review Here
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