Maggie's Plan

Maggie's Plan

Maggie's Plan

Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) is Maggie in this screwball comedy from writer-director Rebecca Miller (Personal Velocity). Maggie is a young woman whose determination to have a child involves her in a love triangle with an unhappy academic (Ethan Hawke) and his eccentric critical-theorist wife (Julianne Moore). Co-stars Maya Rudolph and Bill Hader.

"Maggie wants a baby, but she's never sustained a relationship longer than six months. She solicits a sperm donation from a Brooklyn pickle entrepreneur - no strings attached - but has hardly even begun the artificial-insemination process when she consummates a budding romance with John, an unhappily married academic hailed as "the bad boy of fictocritical anthropology." Maggie's rejuvenating enthusiasm lures John away from his wife, domineering Danish critical theorist Georgette Norgaard, and the two settle down and have a daughter together. Everything has gone according to Maggie's plan - so why isn't she happy? And what sort of meddlesome scheme will she concoct next?" (Toronto International Film Festival)

2015Rating: M, Coarse language, mature themes and brief nudity99 minsUSA
ComedyRomance
Director:
Rebecca Miller ('The Private Lives of Pippa Lee', 'Personal Velocity: Three Portraits')
Writer:
Rebecca MillerKaren Rinaldi
Cast:
Greta GerwigEthan HawkeJulianne MooreTravis FimmelBill HaderMaya Rudolph
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Reviews & comments

A richly satirical, funny and entertaining post-feminist comedy about sex and marriage

The eternal triangle and the romantic comedy have been soulmates forever but how many ways you can tell the same old love story? The era of female empowerment and emotional recycling is upon us, so it is refreshing to see Maggie's Plan (2016) take an old story formula and update it with offbeat humour centred on modern marriage. Contemporary lifestyle...

4.0
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Variety

Variety

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Miller is greatly helped by all her major collaborators here.

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Time Out

Time Out

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The snow leopard of romcoms: intelligent and screwball-funny.

4.0
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The Washington Post

The Washington Post

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True to its title, "Maggie's Plan" is so crazy that it just might work - and it does.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

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A modest movie, reluctant, like its heroine, to make large claims or excessive demands. But it is also cleareyed, generous and funny - tart but not sour, sweet but not too sweet, like one of Guy's pickles.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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It's unpredictable and a bit of a mess. And that’s what makes Maggie’s Plan such a delight.

4.0
0
The Australian

The Australian

press

It's Gerwig who dominates the film with another incisive, funny portrait of a conflicted, vulnerable yet determined modern woman.

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SBS

SBS

press

Like the best of those American romantic comedies of remarriage from the 1930s and '40s – and like the Woody Allen movies we wish he’d make again – this one makes serious matters feel light.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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If you're tired of movie business as usual, this should make you happy.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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One part vintage Woody Allen, a few parts Screwball-era comedy of remarriage, and a vigorous shake of Gerwig herself...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A perfectly cast comedy of manners that couches complex emotional questions in joyous farce and continues Gerwig's reign as the undisputed Queen Of Quirk.

4.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Miller is greatly helped by all her major collaborators here.

0
Time Out

Time Out

press

The snow leopard of romcoms: intelligent and screwball-funny.

4.0
0
The Washington Post

The Washington Post

press

True to its title, "Maggie's Plan" is so crazy that it just might work - and it does.

0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

A modest movie, reluctant, like its heroine, to make large claims or excessive demands. But it is also cleareyed, generous and funny - tart but not sour, sweet but not too sweet, like one of Guy's pickles.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

It's unpredictable and a bit of a mess. And that’s what makes Maggie’s Plan such a delight.

4.0
0
The Australian

The Australian

press

It's Gerwig who dominates the film with another incisive, funny portrait of a conflicted, vulnerable yet determined modern woman.

0
SBS

SBS

press

Like the best of those American romantic comedies of remarriage from the 1930s and '40s – and like the Woody Allen movies we wish he’d make again – this one makes serious matters feel light.

0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

If you're tired of movie business as usual, this should make you happy.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

One part vintage Woody Allen, a few parts Screwball-era comedy of remarriage, and a vigorous shake of Gerwig herself...

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A perfectly cast comedy of manners that couches complex emotional questions in joyous farce and continues Gerwig's reign as the undisputed Queen Of Quirk.

4.0
0

A richly satirical, funny and entertaining post-feminist comedy about sex and marriage

The eternal triangle and the romantic comedy have been soulmates forever but how many ways you can tell the same old love story? The era of female empowerment and emotional recycling is upon us, so it is refreshing to see Maggie's Plan (2016) take an old story formula and update it with offbeat humour centred on modern marriage. Contemporary lifestyle...

4.0
0