"It's Complicated": a man's film in a woman's world

Thu Dec 24, 2009 4:02pm EST
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nancy Meyers, the middle-aged men of America thank you.

While older men are most often portrayed in films and on television as guys chasing the skirts of women half their age, your new movie "It's Complicated" plays them somewhat differently.

It says: "They aren't always that way -- not always, anyway, and not all of them."

Judging by the advertisements, "It's Complicated" writer/director Meyers' new comedy which debuts in theaters on Christmas Day appears to be a woman's story. But audiences should not be fooled: men get their side, too.

"I don't know that many men marry women as old as (main character) Jane, but that's not to say that men don't like women their own age," Meyers told Reuters.

Still, she is quick to add, "That said, I'm sure there's nothing better than a woman half your age looking up to you."

Well okay, Nancy, you got us there.

"It's Complicated," tells of an older woman Jane, played by Meryl Streep, who is divorced from Jake (Alec Baldwin). He has remarried a younger, well-toned woman, while she has gone on to raise their three kids and run a successful business.   Continued...

<p>Director Nancy Meyers arrives for the world premiere of "It's Complicated" in New York December 9, 2009. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly</p>