Writer and Director Nancy Meyers calls It’s Complicated “The Santa Barbara movie we filmed in New York.”
The house they used for exterior shots was in the Hidden Valley area, which is about an hour south of Santa Barbara. But all the interiors for the houses and the bakery were built on a separate soundstage in Brooklyn.
Let’s take a closer look at the sets they designed for the movie.
The Sets from “It’s Complicated”
Everything looks so warm and sunny in Jane’s house that you’d never would guess that it was actually cold and snowing outside these soundstages during much of the filming, would you?
Jane’s friends were played by Mary Kay Place (a long-time friend of Nancy Meyers’), Rita Wilson (who is Meryl Streep’s friend in real life), and Alexandra Wentworth.
Meryl Streep’s Kitchen in “It’s Complicated”
Production Designer Jon Hutman and Set Decorator Beth Rubino
also worked together on the Nancy Meyer’s romantic comedy Something’s Gotta Give.
Steve Martin plays a nice guy who’s courting her, unaware that her ex (Alec Baldwin) is trying to win her back.
Meyers says she was influenced by old screwball comedies like His Girl Friday.
In that movie, Rosalind Russell is all set to marry nice-guy Ralph Bellamy when her ex, played by Cary Grant, decides he wants her back. Poor Ralph doesn’t stand a chance.
Meyers says that after “It’s Complicated” came out, someone said to her, “You let Ralph Bellamy get the girl!”
Jane’s grown children look like they were plucked out of a J. Crew catalog.
The food in the movie styled by Susan Spungen.
When Adam staked out where the addition would be, my jaw dropped.
It’s going to be HUGE. And I’ll admit I still don’t entirely understand why she even needs a new kitchen, when the one she has is already so lovely.
Not to mention the fact that she’s living alone.
But let’s not let details get in the way of a good storyline…
I just hope there’s a sequel so we can see how it all turns out!
Jane Adler’s Bakery
When Jane tells Adam he can choose anything from her bakery’s menu, and then she makes him that divine-looking chocolate croissant, I was ready to marry her myself!
The real house where this movie was filmed is on the market for $12 million.
Set photos via Traditional Home and Universal Pictures.
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