Notwithstanding the fluff and froth of the plot, the film is entertaining thanks to the director and cast. Nancy Meyers, who directed Something’s Gotta Give keeps things moving briskly with some funny lines. Streep defies a matronly spread, wrinkles, and lots of giggles to show that sixty something is not too old for sex and seduction. She has fearlessly taken on everything in the firmament of acting, and most of it is a success. Baldwin shows off his comedic touch as well as quite a belly. Steve Martin, unfortunately, has too small a role to display his enormous talent. Those of you who have seen The Office on television may recognize John Krasinski as the young, incipient son-in-law. He’s easily the best of the otherwise all-too-‘normal’ kids of Jane and Jake.
If you are in the mood for laughs and do not care about plot or substance this is a good escape. One caveat: there is a scene involving some of the characters inhaling (yes, inhaling!) marijuana. If it bothers you very much be prepared or skip the movie. Apparently there has been some criticism of the scene.