Maggie wants to have a baby, raising him on her 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.


Rebecca Miller


Rebecca Miller (written for the screen by), Karen Rinaldi (based on a story by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Greta Gerwig ... Maggie
George Ashiotis George Ashiotis ... Blind Man
Bill Hader ... Tony
Monte Greene ... Max
Travis Fimmel ... Guy
Fredi Walker-Browne Fredi Walker-Browne ... Beverly
Ethan Hawke ... John
Maya Rudolph ... Felicia
Brendan Titley Brendan Titley ... Shakespearean Actor
Stephen Lin ... Shakespearean Actor's Lover
Wallace Shawn ... Kliegler
Julianne Moore ... Georgette
Mina Sundwall ... Justine
Jackson Frazer ... Paul
Ida Rohatyn Ida Rohatyn ... Lily


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?

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Chapter One: Maggie Meets John See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Did You Know?


The first time John visit's Maggie's apartment and questions her about all the books, she tells him that she's subletting it from a poet. Director Rebecca Miller said she modeled the apartment after one she sublet years ago from poet W.S. Merwin. See more »


Maggie: I've decided to embrace the mystery of the universe and stop bossing everybody around so much.
Max: Good luck with that, bossy pants.
Tony: He's gonna write a book about us one day and we are *not* gonna look good.
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References Spartacus (1960) See more »


Dancing in the Dark
Written by Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP)
Performed by Kathleen Hanna & Tommy Buck
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14 September 2016 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

Kind of a refreshing romance-drama on the cheating/divorce theme. Written and directed by Rebecca Miller. A great comeback after the six years of gap, but not a masterstroke. The casting was very impressive, particularly it was Greta Gerwig's typical film. I mean, if you enjoy watching her films, then you would do the same for it. On the other hand, her signature performance kind of bored to me. I mean all her film character was kind of easy-go-lucky soft-touch and comedic girl, I want her to try the different roles and genres. Maybe that's the reason many people had turned it down. Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore were in the decent supporting roles, but everybody shared enough screen to call its their film too and delivered some good lines.

I had a good time with it, because it was better than I anticipated. The story was good and its entire narration they have developed it finely. Unfortunately, it is an R film, otherwise it could have been a film for all. Kind of it reminds us the Woody Allen's style of presentation. Because you know even in the tough times for film characters, they calm and coolly deals it. So that makes it is a stress free film, especially if you just had a bad day, it might help you cool down. But don't expect the loud laughs in the comedy parts, then you should not opt it.

The overall film is worth a watch, but don't believe those who are saying it is too bad. It might be bad for them, though definitely not bad to bash it top to bottom. The critics thumbed it up, and if you welcome decent films, then go for it and decide yourself. The film has lots of good qualities, but this could be the last film of Greta I'll be watching if she does not appear in a distinct role in her next, because like I said I already bored of her in the same old. Finally, I feel I want to suggest it, but not to everybody, particularly not the youngster, the grown ups might like it better.


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English | Danish

Release Date:

27 April 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Maggie's Plan See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,308, 22 May 2016

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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