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Maggie's Plan (2015)

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Maggie wants to have a baby, raising him on his own, but when she gets romantically involved with John, a married man, things get complicated and all the balance of Maggie's plans may collapse.



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Maggie's plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant and impossible Georgette. But one daughter and three years later, Maggie is out of love and in a quandary: what do you do when you suspect your man and his ex wife are actually perfect for each other?

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Chapter One: Maggie Meets John See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »





Release Date:

27 April 2016 (France)  »

Also Known As:

El plan de Maggie  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$63,308 (USA) (20 May 2016)


$3,351,230 (USA) (23 September 2016)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who is the director's husband, suggested Travis Fimmel to her for the role of Guy after seeing him in Vikings (2013). See more »


Georgette: You've had your thinking licence revoked.
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Too 'modern' for my sensibilities....
16 September 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am a very traditional man...at least when it comes to love and marriage (in other ways I am pretty strange...but I won't get into this here). I have been married 30 years and wouldn't have it any other way. I mention this because this definitely impacts how I enjoyed "Maggie's Plan". Since I strongly value marriage and commitment, I cannot relate to Maggie and her views on relationships, pregnancy and marriage. This isn't so much a criticism but stating that your own moral values can't help but impact on what you think of the film. While it's eventual message does, in a round about way, reinforces marriage and commitment...it sure does it in a very unconventional manner!

When the film begins, Maggie (Greta Gertwig) is contemplating inseminating herself at home. After all, she wants a kid and sees little need for a man. However, she meets a frustrated professor/writer (Ethan Hawke) and very, very quickly they throw caution to the wind and being having sex. Unfortunately, he is still married to Georgette (Julianne Moore).

The film jumps ahead three years. Maggie is now married to the writer/professor and their marriage is only okay. She realizes it was a mistake to marry him (after all, she reasons, she just should have had an affair with him) and her plan is to try to get him back to his old wife.

I think this film is supposed to be a comedy...but I am not sure. I do know that the film seemed incredibly cavalier about sex and marriage...such that I certainly didn't see it as a romance. In fact, I am not exactly sure what type of film it was supposed to be. And, speaking of confusion, I sure felt confused about Julianne Moore's character. Her accent and style seemed like a combination of an Eastern European dominatrix combined with a college professor. Strange to say the least.

Overall, it's a film that held no interest to me. I didn't like or respect the characters nor did it hold my interest.

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