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22nd January 2010

Summary:

A refreshingly grown-up comedy about a couple who strike up an affair - years after their divorce.

A decade after their marriage break-up, Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake (Alec Baldwin) are amicable friends who have moved on with their lives. But problems set in when the pair find themselves out of town attending their middle child's graduation. An innocent meal together rekindles their romance and turns into an uncontrollable love affair. With Jake remarried to the much younger Agness (Lake Bell), Jane realises she has become the 'other woman'! Stuck in the middle of their restored love story is goofy architect Adam (Steve Martin) who is trying his best to woo Jane, much to Jake's annoyance. Should Jane start afresh or go with Jake - who now wants her back? Is it truly possible for love and marriage to be better second time round? Whatever the outcome, like life, it's bound to be complicated...

Review:

From time to time Hollywood comes up with a surprise product and this movie is one of those surprises. This movie was actually good. It had an actual STORY. The movie is a comedy but has its serious moments. Meryl Streep was great, Steve Martin was toned down in a support role, but the real star is Alex Baldwin whose presence props up this movie and transforms it into a good if not great cinematic work. As much as the director tries to make this movie a Meryl Streep vehicle, Mr. Baldwin steals the show. This has to be his best movie in years, maybe in his entire career. He is a combination of amusing, charming, and serious and whenever the movie starts dragging a "dose" of Mr. Baldwin is enough to get it back on track. What a wonderful performance by an excellent actor. Parts of the movie are hilarious, such as the bedroom scene with Ms. Streep, Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Martin (it's not what you think it is) but generally the humor tends to be at the level of chuckles instead of guffaws. Good movie, worth watching.