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Mark Kermode | 12:15 UK time, Monday, 11 January 2010

5 live's resident movie critic Dr Mark Kermode reviews It's Complicated.

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  • Comment number 1.

    Dr. K,

    That Meryl Streep comedy impression is the most unsettling thing I've seen in a long time - even more than Lars Von Trier's Antichrist.

  • Comment number 2.

    I've got a feeling that that impression will be isolated and used out of context, perhaps on a review board for Dr. K being sectioned.

  • Comment number 3.

    I'm really surprised that AO Scott and Michael Phillips gave this a positive review. They're usually smarter than that. It's got that annoying, cringeworthy, 'quirky' dialogue that American studio comedies are renowned for.

    Also, I think these kind of mainstream comedies feature the upper middle class, not because of the film's desired demographic, but just so they can base everything in stupidly large houses that double as studios big enough to accommodate the million-camera setup of the visually dead sitcoms they're trying to recreate.

  • Comment number 4.

    Dr K,

    I got dragged to see this after battling through the weather from Edinburgh to Cambridge and I have to say it wasn't terrible. BUT..the problem is that's it's just totally inoffensive, like many films of this type. No one involved - the actors, directors, scriptwriters, nobody - is stretching themselves here. I recall laughing a couple of times but largely it was pretty bland stuff with holy unmemorable characters. I can't remember a single character's name 3 days after seeing this. Lots of cutesy dialogue and supposedly likeable people in impossibly grand settings (why is a single mother who runs a patisserie-cum-restaurant building an extension to an already massive Hollywood home when she is the only one living there anyway? Very creaky device to include Steve Martin). At least after being subjected to Terminator: Regurgitation or X-Men Bore-a-thons: Wolverine I could have a good Kermodian rant about it and the evils of anyone claiming either had many redeeming features. But I can't with this as it's just a total cinematic non-event.

    Kudos on the new impression to add to your arsenal, by the way.

  • Comment number 5. know, in a way, this is why i'm hesitant to see kermode go into the slot for film 2010.

    i dont think we're going to be graced with the off the cuff, ranting type review of films that make him so special.

    it would be scripted, and devoid of him going off on a tangent, and whilst it would be great to see kermode in such a position, like ross, he would be boiled down to actual presenting and we wont have the pleasure of such heartfelt reviews. And as he will be presenting film 2010 i am also guessing that he wouldn't have this slot on radio.

  • Comment number 6.

    Good point, Adam.
    The one thing I really hate about JR's delivery on Flimflam xx is how un-Kermode it is.

  • Comment number 7.

    Adam and Trevor, such a lack of faith. Shame, shame, shame. He will, in the hip parlance of today's youngsters, own Film 2010. You will be very happy.

  • Comment number 8.


  • Comment number 9.

    Spot on Adam but I must say i won`t enjoy reviews on films such as woger wabbitt and Waiders of the lost Ark as much, be yourself Dr K

  • Comment number 10.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 11.

    LOL. Incredible. Just incredible.

  • Comment number 12.

    Will the flapping of the large hands work on Film 2010?

  • Comment number 13.

    I find it more than a little disrespectful and offensive that you refer to arguably the greatest living actress as "Muriel Strepsil" and I am surprised that a grown adult would lower himself to such childish, playground antics. I mean, is it really so inconceivable that someone who is having an affair would be emotional?!

    To call It's Complicated the standard Meryl Streep comedy performance quite frankly shows how little you know about film, which is a tad unfortunate for someone who calls himself a film critic. Please do tell me which other performance that was like? The Devil Wears Prada? Julie and Julia? I think not! If there is one person in the acting world that you cannot level that accusation at it is Ms Streep.

    Even more laughable is the fact that, almost in the same breath, you refer to having previously considered Ms Streep to be The Robert De Niro of her generation - which is arguably a bigger insult than the name calling! If you're looking for a standard comedy performance then he's your man.... Meet The Fockers / Everybody's Fine / What Just Happened / Analyse That... need I go on?!

    It's a shame that Jonathan Ross is leaving the BBC because at least his reviews aren't immature and unprofessional.
    If this is a sign of things to come, heaven help us all.


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