It’s Complicated trailer, you guys:

Wait a second, you’re telling me that this is from the same person who did Something’s Gotta Give? HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE?! (I’m a jerk. But also come on, guys, let’s paint, exercise, and stretch ourselves creatively.)

This looks fine. It’s got a phenomenal cast (you will learn that as you get older you start saying things like “phenomenal cast” without even barfing), and I’m sure the gentle comedy of upper-middle class affairs of the heart is well crafted and “delightful.” But I think that comedies like this are almost entirely predicated on getting an audience to softly shake their head, like “so true, so true,” and my greatest fear is becoming a member of that group*. Yuck. All divorced and ambivalent and carelessly dissatisfied and knowing. “Remember when we thought we had it all figured out.” Shoot me in the head. Twice, just to be sure.

*In reality, that is not even remotely my greatest fear, I was just saying that to prove a point. Do you know how many fucking horrible things can happen to you in this world?

Comments (50)
  1. I’m glad I don’t like red wine, because I fear turning into one of the ladies in Meryl Streep’s group of friends. I’m guessing that is the catalyst for turning into Auxiliary Jaded Wise Wacky Older White Lady Who Helps The Main Character With Her Life Problems. That and class satisfaction.

  2. O M G I thought this trailer would never end

  3. Meryl Streep calls herself a slut in this movie too!?!?!? Is this a sequel to Mamma Mia? But seriously, I vowed to never watch another Nancy Meyers movie after seeing Diane Keaton’s geriatric boobs and bush in Something Gotta Give.

  4. Old people having sex! Just what I always wanted to see! It’s like Nancy Meyers read my diary of secret desires!

    • I think we actually do need more old people fucking in movies. If studio execs had their way, once an actress hits forty, she would be required by law to be locked in a tiny safe and shipped to the South Pole, where she would live the remainder of her hideous old person life out of view from decent moviegoers who simply aren’t prepared to see wrinkles.

      Now that I think about it, I guess they do that anyway. They keep Meryl Streep around though. Because Oscars.

  5. Good thing you qualified that greatest fear remark, because while I don’t know how many fucking horrible things can happen to you in this world, I bet a lot of them involve attending the Gathering of the Juggalos. Which, if I remember correctly, you have been Double Dog Dared to do. You’re going to need all the good karma/luck you can get, and you don’t want to tempt the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing.

  6. Oh man it IS hard you guys! … Speaking of that shot by the window. Wouldn’t you love to just see a movie about Alec Baldwin as a peeping Tom? A peeping Tom with big brass balls who goes to parties and says to women “I’m a gonna peep on you tonight.”

    • Oh man, I would seriously love to see that. Like One Hour Photo, but funny! And less knives and forced adultery, or whatever. Let’s paint, exercise, and come up with brilliant hooks for perfect movies.

  7. samantha  |   Posted on Aug 7th, 2009 +2

    I wonder which one she’ll choose!

    This is the kind of movie where you’re supposed to really feel for her and think to yourself “What would I do if that were me?’ and “Boy, she is going to regret that”. And when it gets close to the end you get all anxious and stressed out because you want everything to work out and for her to end up with the right man, but you don’t want anyone’s feelings to get hurt.

    And then when its over you realize you knew what was going to happen in the end all along, because these movies all end the same.

  8. I bet some of you are going to wind up taking your moms to see this. I know I probably will. It’s a movie by moms, for moms. This is all part of the diabolical Lamia curse unleashed by Nancy Meyers, it eventually drags us to see this stuff.

  9. Your mom has tickets to the sneak preview.

  10. Pbbbt. Denise Richards is way more complicated. And by complicated I mean terrible. She owns this phrase.

  11. Steve Martin looks like he is primarily shaped from plasticine these days.



  12. That screen shot tells me all I need to know about the trailer…. which would have told me all I need to know about this movie.
    Proposed new movie game: a single frame that tells you all you need to know about a movie.

    • sunnydlita  |   Posted on Aug 9th, 2009 0

      The logo for The Ugly Truth (men’s and women’s bathroom icons with hearts over the woman’s head and the man’s crotch) tells me all I need to know about that formulaic movie. Some of my friends actually made double features out of that and (500) Days three weeks ago, for shame.

  13. Mary sits down in the theater to watch a touching two hour version of the It’s Complicated trailer in an effort to emancipate the emotions of being a middle aged divorcee. The movie starts, but its not the movie… its a film of her watching herself watching herself. Mary’s lip quivers with realization as she forces a handful of tear stained milkduds into her mouth.

  14. I think there should be a rule that trailers aren’t allowed to use more than six pop songs.

  15. “OMG I thought he’d never leave.”

    PLEASE tell me that was an Alec Baldwin ad-lib.

  16. “OMG I thought he’d never leave.”

    PLEASE tell me that was an Alec Baldwin ad-lib.

  17. this will be your grandma’s yearly rental, borrowed from the neighbours who watched it the night before

    • On a note totally unrelated to the post, my grandma is actually the opposite of this. She rents everything, no matter how little she should seemingly be interested in it. And then often complains when she doesn’t like it.

      She and my grandpa did however once rent, watch, and very much enjoy “Black Snake Moan”. I’m not kidding at all.

  18. Who tells their friend “you’re so lucky your husband’s dead”? Unless your friend is Eva Braun.

  19. Straight to airplane, that’s my prediction.

  20. Wait, are you saying that Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin are white?

  21. I don’t think “Being White is Hard” is a fair title here. The trailer seems to say that being white makes divorce, adultery, aging and death super fun! You just red wine your way though all that shit.

  22. This is Boomer Exploitation (Boomerxplotation? Boomsploitation?). Anyway, the next 20 years are going to be tons of movies about divorce and at least one comedic farce about boner pills, or moving to florida et. al. We all knew it would come. The time when all those BPH commercials become feature length plot-devices. And not just things like that movie with tommy lee jones and clint eastwood becoming astronauts. These’ll be movies like 4 guys in a ’62 convertable headed out west road buddy-comedies. Every week a “Bucket List” will come out. And your parents will go see it. With Gabe, who’s in the demographic.

      I believe you’re referring to ‘Space Cowboys.’ Fun Fact: Space Cowboy’s was Adam Savage’s (of Mythbusters fame) first screen credit.

      Where are my meds?

    • Your Boomsploitation Movement Theory is super-top notch though. I concur!

  23. Well, this well never be me (not of the Caucasian Persuasion, you see).
    Also, this looks sort of alright… in the same way Little Children and Revolutionary Road were alright. Why isn’t Kate Winslet in this?
    And my next movie will be named after a facebook relationship status too (it wont. I don’t make movies).

  24. dinosaur the third  |   Posted on Aug 7th, 2009 -2


  25. I cannot lie, Steve Martin warms my cockles. Gross.

  26. nancy meyers uses this to generate script titles: http://www.phrases.org.uk/.

  27. Gabe… I’m ovulating.

  28. I actually want to see this! I must be old. Wait, I AM old.

  29. So Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin have taken their SNL rivalry to the big screen. I’ll bet ANYTHING they appear TOGETHER to hawk the film. Ugh.

    This looks like if they made a movie out of “30 Something” but used 50 somethings instead.

  30. I was really hoping this would turn out to be Brian Goldner’s Hollywood adaptation of a Sudoku puzzle.

  31. I’ve seen the entire movie in that trailer. And it was already too long.

  32. Maybe there’s an uncomplicated yet sassy black friend who provides all knowing wisdom/solace/answers for Meryl and her two suitors?

  33. sunnydlita  |   Posted on Aug 9th, 2009 0

    Maybe I’m a hypocrite because I hate on hackneyed pablum starring people around my age (The Ugly Truth, The Holiday, Bride Wars), but I really liked Something’s Gotta Give and I’ll probably think this movie is cute, too.

  34. DrDemento  |   Posted on Aug 10th, 2009 0

    When you say “fabulous cast” do you mean they cloned Merly Streep and casted every speaking role with her clones?

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