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Maggie's Plan (2015)

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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 Three: A Change of Heart See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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English | Danish

Release Date:

27 April 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

El plan de Maggie See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$63,308, 22 May 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,351,230, 25 September 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Second film that Julianne Moore plays a character employed by Columbia University, the other was Still Alice See more »


Tony: It's what keeps my wife in post-modern choreography and me in self-loathing.
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Composed by Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett (as Lloyd Brivett), Don Drummond, Jerome Haynes (as Jerome Hayes), Ferron Lloyd George Knibb, Tommy McCook, Jackie Donat Roy Mittoo, Johnny Moore, Lester Sterling
Performed by Don Drummond
Published by Music Sales Corporation o/b/o Campbell COnnelly France SARL
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a richly satirical, funny and entertaining post-feminist comedy about sex and marriage
13 July 2016 | by CineMuseFilmsSee all my reviews

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 choices such as wanting a baby but not a man or handing a used lover back to a former owner are just some of the scenarios played out in this intelligent and delightful rom-rom.

The simple triangular plot pivots on independent-minded Maggie (Greta Gerwig), an over-controller who loves falling in love but cannot keep a relationship longer than six months. Wanting a baby without the strings, she arranges for a sperm donor just as she meets John (Ethan Hawke), an insecure academic who is emasculated by the stellar career of his imperious wife Georgette (Julianne Moore). John's need for constant mothering is no longer fulfilled by the dynamic Georgette, so Maggie and John inevitably pair up and one corner of the triangle disappears. Three years later, Maggie is over the needy John and his permanently incomplete 'great novel' so she hatches a plan to reunite John with Georgette. A clever script laced with tangled textual barbs like "ficto-critical anthropology" (Google it) and one-liners like "nobody unpacks commodity fetishism like you do" are rapid-fire and hilarious send-ups of the pretentious world of academe. It is at this level that the film shines brightest: not with belly laughs or madcap comedy, but through a whimsical lens focused on the world of intelligent people who think they control the ebbs and flows of the uncontrollable.

The acting performances are all top-shelf. Julianne Moore plays the understated dominatrix with a hilarious deadpan Danish accent, and Ethan Hawke is perfect as the hapless male out-powered by the females in his life. The standout performance is Greta Gerwig whose big doe-eyed innocence and naivety about the ways of the world make her scheming utterly forgivable. While the story has a predictable narrative arc, the dialogue is richly satirical, funny and totally female-centered. It is also an entertaining post-feminist comedy about sex and marriage which imagines a future where males are only needed for sperm and are then recycled amongst whoever will tolerate their innate weaknesses.

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