Or is it?
Yes, It’s Complicated is set in Santa Barbara, and some scenes are shot there; but much of the movie was shot in NYC and Thousand Oaks, Ca. That didn’t stop the Santa Barbara Visitors’ Bureau from creating an It’s Complicated website which points to the Santa Barbara Magazine interview with writer and director Nancy Meyers, the production notes, and a gallery of photos. You can also link to movie tours based on Sideways, which did wonders for tourism in the Santa Barbara wine country.
In her interview, Meyers discusses why she chose Santa Barbara for It’s Complicated: “the natural beauty everywhere you look, the state of mind I feel when I’m there, the calm…It feels as close to the good life as you can get.”
As for us, we love Santa Barbara and drove up for some shopping last time we were in LA. Maybe we’ll head up when we’re there in February too.