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Maggie's Plan (2015)

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Maggie's Plan is a movie starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, and Julianne Moore. 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.

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... Maggie
George Ashiotis ... Blind Man
... Tony
... Max
... Guy
Fredi Walker-Browne ... Beverly
... John
... Felicia
Brendan Titley ... Shakespearean Actor
... Shakespearean Actor's Lover
... Kliegler
... Georgette
... Justine
... Paul
Ida Rohatyn ... Lily
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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

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27 April 2016 (France)  »

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El plan de Maggie  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$63,308, 22 May 2016, Limited Release

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$3,351,230, 25 September 2016
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Second film that Julianne Moore plays a character employed by Columbia University, the other was Still Alice See more »

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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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Dancing in the Dark
Written by Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP)
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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the pickle enterprise
15 May 2016 | by See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. A significant portion of Woody Allen's film career has been projects that seem designed to appeal to (sometimes only) the New York intellectual sub-culture. You know the type … those who thrive on talking (incessantly) about all the things they know, often without really accomplishing anything themselves. They are the kind of people we usually laugh at, rather than with. Filmmaker Rebecca Miller appears ready to accept the passing of the Woody Allen baton, and at a minimum, her latest is heavily influenced by his comedic-brain food.

Ms. Miller casts perfectly for her first film in six plus years (The Secret Life of Pippa Lee, 2009). Greta Gerwig plays Maggie, whose ever-evolving "plan" is both the title and focus of the film. Ethan Hawke plays John, the middle-aged crisis guy who wants desperately to be showered with attention. Julianne Moore plays Georgette, John's slightly odd and brilliant wife, and mother to their two kids. Other key players include Travis Fimmel as Guy, a pickle entrepreneur and the center piece to Maggie's master plan; Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph as friends and confidants of Maggie; and Wallace Shawn, always a treat on screen.

The story starts out pretty simple, and then gets complicated, and then kind of loses focus before ending just right. Perpetually whining Maggie has admittedly given up on ever finding the kind of true love that results in a happy family. Because of this, she has recruited former schoolmate and math whiz and pickle dude Guy to supply the missing link for her artificial insemination. This leads to one of film's rare cheap laughs and one that not even the quirky Gerwig can pull off. A payroll mishap brings Maggie and aspiring novelist John (a 'ficto-critical anthropologist' by trade) together, and her willingness to read his writing and offer some support, is all it takes to finish off John's slowly disintegrating marriage to Georgette (Ms. Moore dusting off the Euro accent she used in The Big Lebowski).

Writer/director Miller is the daughter of famed playwright Arthur Miller, who wrote Death of a Salesman and was once married to Marilyn Monroe (after Joe DiMaggio). She also directed The Ballad of Jack and Rose, which starred her husband, Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis. Much of her latest film feels contrived and over-written … as if every scene carries the burden of generating a laugh out loud moment. It shouldn't be too surprising that the ultra talented Julianne Moore creates the most interesting character, though unfortunately, she has the least amount of screen time among the three leads. It's good for a few laughs, as well as some cringing … and an ending that actually works.


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