"Complicated? Puh. Not in a million years, love.
This romcom, starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin as two middle-aged divorcees who rekindle their romance, is about as straightforward as chocolate fudge cake. But sometimes chocolate fudge cake is exactly what you fancy - especially if it's as yummily made as this.
Meryl is Jane Adler, a mum of three absurdly gorgeous grown-up kids, manager of an absurdly gorgeous bakery and owner of an absurdly gorgeous house. You might be getting the picture here. This ain't Ken Loach. Jane split from her cheating husband Jake (Baldwin) 10 years ago, and he has since remarried his foxy 'other woman' (Lake Bell). When the former couple get together for their youngest son's graduation in New York, a night on the tiles (with about six bottles of vino collapso) send them stumbling back into bed together. It isn't great news for Meryl's reserved architect Adam (Steve Martin) who has his eye on her while he's building her an absurdly gorgeous extension.
This is escapist fluff, pure and simple, but it's given a huge boost by some deliciously funny scripting from writer-director Nancy Meyers and a trio of ace lead performances. Meryl's back in Mamma Mia mode - which is a very good thing - and her character is brilliantly tailored to the film's 30 plus female target audience. This woman is the uber-nurturer. Show up at her front door looking vaguely peckish and she'll roast you a chicken and whip up a flan before you can take your shoes off. Alec has the rascal act down pat without coming across as a sleazebag or pathetic. It's not clever, it's CERTAINLY not complicated but like chocolate fudge cake, it's a seriously guilty pleasure."
If you get the chance - go see it - there were parts which had me laughing to the point of tears and the only downside was that I spent quite a lot of time marvelling at how much better Steve Martin would have looked if he hadn't embarked upon intensive botox & numerous facial procedures which, to me, were not a wise decision & proved something of a distraction!..........s