Its complicated

It's Complicated

Since the beginning of December, I have been forced to use public transit (to read my feelings concerning the Toronto Transit Commission, please click right here).

While the TTC's incompetence, structural fragility, and employees' bad attitudes form the main reasons for my despite, riding in the subway the past few weeks has given me another reason: those ubiquitous posters for the movie It's Complicated, an example of which adorns the heading of this post.

Take a look at it. Take a good, long, hard look at it for oh, say, about 10 minutes.

Because that is what I am forced to do, twice a day for weeks now since the only alternative is to invade other passengers' personal space by staring at them instead.

The poster's key irritants? Obviously, the expressions on the couple's faces: Alex Baldwin's expression implies he is the happiest guy on earth although why this would be remains a mystery.

Bagging a post-menopausal Meryl Streep is hardly something to be cocky about, especially since (according to the IMDB) Streep is playing his ex-wife (therefore, its not like he has never "climbed that mountain" before).

Perhaps a third person (Steve Martin?) is giving him a blowjob under the covers? That would certainly make an interesting 'love triangle'.

Meryl Streep's expression- is she embarrassed? Confused? My guess is that either
a) she has just given the pompous jackass to her left a venereal disease.
b) she is suffering from amnesia, just like Goldie Hawn in the movie Overboard, and has just been forced to service a total stranger (as far as she can tell, anyway).
c) she is uneasy, since she is, in fact, slutting around.

Meryl Streep is such a fantastic actor (indeed, James Walcott specifically mentions her pealing laughs), anything is possible. I hope the answer is a), but I suspect the answer is c).

I guess I will have to watch the movie to find out!


ea sandy mackay said...

better yet, ask a friend whose wife likes these types of films. that may be (another) one of the small pleasures of being single- you get to choose all the movies.

she is slutting around with her ex husband and it drops many delightful daggers to stab a relationship.

PALGOLAK said...

Thank you, ea sandy mackay, for your insights.

While I find it disturbing that you are forced to watch Rom Coms, I rejoice in the fact that, apparently, you have become affluent enough to be able to go out to the movies once in a while.

PALGOLAK said...

Oh, and one more thing - is there a scene where Steve Martin makes chocolate croissants with Meryl Streep?

James Walcott mentions this incident in his blog, but I couldn't tell if he was joking or not.

ea sandy mackay said...

Yes, they do make chocolate croissants- It's a touching moment in the film. I go see one Rom Com a year in a cinema with my beautiful and charming. It's a light-ish cross.

The year before, I went to see "PS, I Love You" in a theatre. The line up was full of women. I asked the young lady at the kiosk if I was the only guy in the theatre: She said "No, there's the guy who runs the projector. He's here too."

PALGOLAK said...

Is P.S. I Love You the one where Gerard Butler comes back from the dead to watch his chick (Jennifer Aniston) get boned by some other dude?