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IT'S COMPLICATED

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Over the past 30 years, Nancy Meyers has made several successful romantic comedies featuring adult characters forced to come face-to-face with truths they've long been avoiding. Throughout the years, the filmmaker has incorporated her own life experiences into her work. In It's Complicated, she taps into the world of life after divorce.

Meyers' screenplay examines a divorced couple who become exes with benefits. The decade-separated Jane and Jake Adler find themselves stumbling through the comic emotional minefield of a clandestine affair, while the charming-yet-reserved Adam struggles to move on from a painful divorce of his own.

"Some people never learn the simple truths,” offers Meyers. "It's the lucky ones who ultimately learn something. I tend to explore things that, in some ways, I wrestle with. Writing has always been very therapeutic for me. A lot of my movies parallel events in my life, but I've never joined the army [Private Benjamin], and I've never had an affair with my ex-husband. The plotting is never the truth, but what's underneath is heartfelt.”

Meyers found enormous comedic possibilities exploring the territory of an exwife having an affair with her ex-husband. For inspiration, she looked to Paul Mazursky classics from the ‘70s—such as An Unmarried Woman and Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice—as examples of films strongly identifiable with the period in which they were made. Mazursky really captured the zeitgeist of the times. She offers: "I was drawn to the post-divorce world that exes find themselves in and how their relationship, in many ways, never really ends: the bumping into one another, figuring out how to still parent together, how to live in the same town together. I noticed how much the word ‘together' still exists once you're divorced.

"The idea of a exes reuniting surreptitiously was intriguing,” Meyers reflects. "The comic possibilities were very rich, and the repercussions of this ex-couple back in each other's lives seemed dangerous and liberating at the same time. This story really pulled me in. The ‘What if?' factor was just so complex, it had so many levels to it and then there was a new man to bring into the mix…just to complicate it even further.”

With her story in place, Meyers worked with producer Scott Rudin to make the project happen. "I've known Scott for over 25 years, and I watched his career grow; he is a phenomenal force in the business,” she notes. "He has impeccable taste, makes smart, interesting films and works with great filmmakers. I went to him with this movie and said, ‘I'd really love your help in putting it together and making the film.' He's been an incredible asset to the movie.”

"Nancy is a genuinely wonderful filmmaker,” says Rudin. "I've always been a huge, huge fan of hers, so I was completely thrilled when she invited me to produce this one with her. I used to offer her movies to direct all the time, and she always turned me down, saying that she wasn't ready. Well of course she was ready, and this is, in my opinion, her very best film.”

Throughout their development process, Rudin was moved by the authenticity of feeling he found in the project. He states: "Nancy never once sacrifices any of the comedy she's reaching for by simultaneously investing the story with so much emotional truth. The detailed representation of the marriage, the intimacy between the people—all of it is moving and true, and makes the movie relatable on a profound and unexpected level.”

The producer was also impressed by the screenplay's honesty. "Nancy shows a great deal of herself in this movie…not so much in the specifics of Jane, but in the feelings she's describing all throughout the movie,” he says. "Her love of family, her love of her kids, her belief in romance and in living a life in good faith…these are things

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