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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)
1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »





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 »

Parents Guide:

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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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Did You Know?


Both Maya Rudolph and Bill Hader were cast members on Saturday Night Live See more »


Tony: Hey, does my breath smell?
[Maggie smells while Tony exhales through mouth]
Maggie: No. Does my?
[Maggie exhales through mouth while Tony smells]
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References Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) See more »


Dancing in the Dark
Written by Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP)
Performed by Kathleen Hanna & Tommy Buck
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Had to see it twice in the theater to catch all the good lines
21 June 2016 | by jasontheterribleSee all my reviews

So much more entertainment than everything else on the market now that it is summer. The fact that it is written in the context of academic genre with some faux anthropology references should not dissuade you (not faux? should be). Fantastic script focusing on a uniquely circumspect millennial and mother wanna-be. Many plans go awry here but all things work out nicely and in an utterly unexpected way. The unmitigated narcissism of the Hawke and Moore characters is priceless especially considering how clueless they are. I genuinely laughed out loud many times. Greta is terrific but all kudos to writer director Rebecca Miller (her dad was married to Marilyn Monroe? who knew?).

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