In truth it’s really not that complicated.
In this slightly predictable but funny rom-com, Streep’s and Baldwin’s characters, Jane and Jake have been divorced for 10 years. Jake has remarried a much younger wife who comes with a son in tow.
Both Jane and Jake go to New York for their son’s graduation, end up alone at the hotel bar and then proceed to do what any couple who have been divorced for ten years does: drink together, drink more together and then some more, until they are doing cringey grandparent-dancing which leads to them ending up in bed together. Obviously.
But what began as a drunken mistake by Jane, as she comes to and spends the next morning over the toilet seat, becomes a full-blown affair of some sort.
You never really feel like they are doing anything wrong – they used to be married, have three kids together and his current wife is too good looking and features too little for us to feel sorry her.
While Jake becomes too needy, calling round at all hours and saying his current wife doesn’t understand him, Jane has another admirer, Adam, her architect, in the form of Steve Martin, who is the antithesis of Baldwin’s character. Softly spoken, unassuming and a divorcee, he has had his heart broken by his wife who left him for his best friend.
While he is the good guy, he lacks the charisma, cheekiness and sometimes, darned arrogance of Jake and both Jane and the audience are left with the conundrum of who to route for.
In the end Jake takes it too far. In his bid to recapture what they once had, he lies in wait for his ex-wife one night, naked and sporting a tan resembling an orange fruit pastel.
With the fake-tan thrown into the mix and Adam up on web cam getting an unexpected close-up of a naked Jake, all three are left suitably confused.
To find out who she ends up with you’ll have to watch it for yourself.
Predictable but funny.