I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but all of my ‘My Thoughts On…’ posts will contain spoilers to the films they are discussing! Probably best to avoid them if you haven’t seen the films and have any intention of doing so!
Jane and Jake, having divorced ten years previously, find themselves having an affair, causing Jake to cheat on his new, much younger wife, and Jane to wonder if she is doing the right thing. A blossoming relationship with her architect makes things even more complicated.
What I Liked
- Meryl Streep is obviously the star here, playing Jane. It’s probably redundant to comment on what a fabulous actor Streep is, but it never gets boring to say, because it’s never not true. Sure, everything is a lot more fluffy here than it is in some of her more high-profile roles, but the fact that she managed to garner a Golden Glob nomination for this film says it all really. She is the queen of all she surveys.
- Alec Baldwin is also on fine form. He and Streep work well together, and while I never really wanted (nor expected) them to end up together, I did enjoy watching them together.
- It’s actually quite funny, albeit in a romantic comedy kind of a way. When Meryl Streep’s Jane and Steve Martin’s Adam meet, and their mutual friend asks if they have met before, she replies no at the exact moment that he answers yes. This brought a grin to my face, because I’ve been in that situation far more times than is good for my ego (I am always the one saying yes while the other person rushes to introduce themselves).
- John Krasinski is someone that I like a lot, but not someone I think about until I am watching him in something. I have never really watched The Office, so I have never seen him in action as Jim Halpert, but he makes small appearances in various films, and he always brings a shedload of likeability to his roles.
- The scenes where Jane is discussing her husband with her three girlfriends felt so real. Having a small group of friends to confide in and laugh hard with is the best thing, and I loved watching those scenes.
What I Didn’t Like
- This film’s biggest problem is probably it’s predictability. I know it’s a romantic comedy, and so that is to be expected, but some romcoms manage to be predictable and brilliant at the same time. This one doesn’t. There is never any doubt in my mind that Jane will eventually say no to Jake, and that she will ‘end up’ with Adam. The films seems to start hurtling towards that point really early on, so any potential tension is really non-existent.
- I wasn’t 100% happy with the ending. It wasn’t that I wanted Jane to go back to Jake, because I didn’t. I wanted her to end up with Adam, but I actually wanted her to end up with him, not to be left with the open-ended conclusion that we got. Sure, they were back on very friendly terms, but I wanted an actual dénouement, and not just a broad hint at what would follow.
In conclusion, I think it’s fair to say that nobody should watch a Nancy Meyers film and expect anything life changing. She makes romantic comedies, and more often than not, she makes romantic comedies about middle aged people. Which is fine, and entertaining enough, but these films are never going to set the world alight. I enjoyed it while I was watching it (mainly due to Meryl Streep), but it’s not something I’ll rush to watch again. I do find myself wanting to watch Father of the Bride, however, and wondering why I don’t own it on DVD.