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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 Four: Maggie's Plan 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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Film is based on the original story by Karen Rinaldi. See more »


Tony: It's what keeps my wife in post-modern choreography and me in self-loathing.
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A Fortune Cookie
Written by Michael Rohatyn
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flighty anti-rom-com
16 January 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

New Yorker Maggie Hardin (Greta Gerwig) wants to have a baby. Her relationships never last more than six months except her college romance with best friend Tony (Bill Hader) but that doesn't count. She decides to get sperm from college acquaintance, pickle entrepreneur Guy Childers. She works at an art school with Tony's wife Felicia (Maya Rudolph) and John Harding (Ethan Hawke). Maggie and John meet over a paycheck mixup and start a relationship over a novel he's trying to write. He's unhappily married to Columbia professor Georgette (Julianne Moore) with two kids.

The appeal of this movie depends a lot on one's appreciation of Gerwig's flighty, quirky persona. It's a rom-com where the romance is not the most likable. Harding starts off poorly and I never find him a good match for Maggie. Even the pickle guy is better although Tony could be the best if there is no Felicia. I'm actually glad at the turn in the second half of the movie and it becomes an anti-rom-com. The funniest relationship is between Maggie and Georgette. The movie could do with more of them together.

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