It’s Complicated

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Film (with rating): It’s Complicated (R)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment

Summary: Jane (Meryl Streep) has three grown kids, a
thriving Santa Barbara bakery and an amicable relationship with her ex-husband,
Jake (Alec Baldwin). Now, a decade after their divorce, an innocent dinner
between Jane and the now-remarried Jake turns into the unimaginable–an affair.
Could love be sweeter, or more complicated, the second time around?

Review: This movie isn’t complicated. It’s actually pretty
simple, and it works. “It’s Complicated” is almost a throw-back to
Classic Hollywood, especially with Streep at the helm. Now in her 60s, this
accomplished actor can do just about anything, and do it well–especially classy
comedy. She is most definitely box-office gold.

Producer/writer/director Nancy
Meyers does a good job following up her “Something’s Gotta Give” with
this flick. They both have the same feel, and both are stocked full of
amazingly pedigreed actors who know how to do their jobs well. In
“Complicated,” even the more clichd scenes are pulled off due to the
actors’ talent. Steve Martin also co-stars here, and he never once fails to
impress.

“It’s Complicated” is a nice, entertaining, adult comedy
that lets you think, but not too much. It’s the perfect film for a night when
all you want to do is just be amused without having to put forth too much
effort.

Extra highlight: “The Making Of” featurette.

What to serve for dinner: Brinner! Orange juice, fruit
salad, caf mocha and (of course) chocolate croissants. You can go two ways
with this: visit Starbucks on your way home and pick it all up, or toss
together a fruit salad yourself from this week’s farmers’ market haul and
follow the following recipes.

Chocolate Croissants Option 1 (cooks.com):

1 can refrigerated crescent roll dough

1 stick butter, melted

4 fun size bars of Three Musketeers candy bars

1/4 c. confectioners sugar

Cut the candy bars long ways. Tear crescent dough and put
the Musketeers in middle and roll up. If you can see the chocolate at the ends,
pinch together. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. When done sprinkle with
confectioners sugar.

Chocolate Croissants Option 2 (cooks.com):

1 package refrigerated crescent rolls

1 bag of chocolate chips (mini chips work well)

3 tbs melted butter

1 egg white

confectioners sugar

sliced almonds

Unroll and flatten dough; separate into triangles. Brush
with melted butter. Sprinkle 1-2 tsp. chocolate chips on each triangle. Roll
each triangle into crescent shape and place on ungreased cookie sheet.

In small bowl, add 2 tsp. water to egg white and mix well
with fork or whisk. Brush the top of each croissant with egg wash. Top with
sliced almonds, if desired. Bake in preheated 375 oven for 15 minutes. Let cool
briefly and then remove from cookie sheet. Use a sieve to add a dusting of
confectioner’s sugar on top of each.


Caf Mocha (allrecipes.com)

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1 cup hot brewed coffee

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1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

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1 tablespoon white sugar

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2 tablespoons milk

Pour hot coffee into a mug. Stir in cocoa, sugar and milk.

 

What to talk about over dinner: Would you ever get back
together with an ex? Have you? How did that work out for you? Who would you
have chosen if you were Jane? What’s the most complicated relationship
situation you’ve ever been in? The most complicated relationship? Have you
heard any of Steve Martin’s songs? That man plays a mean banjo. Is there
anything Meryl Streep cannot do? What’s your favorite movie of hers? Compare
“It’s Complicated” to “Something’s Gotta Give.” Which one
worked better? Why?