Maggie's Plan


Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance


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Travis Fimmel as Guy Childers
Julianne Moore as Georgette
Bill Hader as Tony
Ethan Hawke as John Harding
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1hr 38 min
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Reviewed by Josie Froissaner 1 / 10


This film is a Woody Allen wannabe. It doesn't rate the noble title of, "Screwball Comedy," because the contrived and humorless "humor" doesn't come close to that sparkling genre of yesteryear. To compare the film to the likes of, "Bringing Up Baby," or "My Man Godfrey" is sheer wishful thinking, either on the part of the viewer, and/or the writer-director. Miller's work never seems to rise above film school caliber, with incoherent plot lines, annoying characters and an overall quality that this writer-director has no greater message or story to convey without having to resort to the bizarre. The incestuous overtones between father and daughter in, "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," or, in the novel, "Jacob's Folly," a human being reincarnated into an oversexed fly come to mind.

This is the story of Maggie (Greta Gerwig), a control-freak who can't maintain a relationship but wants a child, and decides to achieve this end by artificial insemination using the semen of a--pickle entrepreneur. Seriously. In a disgusting scene Gerwig, spreadeagled, inseminates herself with a turkey baster only to have the married John (Ethan Hawke) show up at her place to declare his love for her. Another example of the Self-Absorbed so prevalent in this movie, John is unhappily married to the highly successful Georgette, played by Julianne Moore using an accent that's supposed to be Danish, but sounds like something between bad Eva Braun and Frau Bluuker from "Young Frankenstein." The impression left by John's sudden love of Maggie ties into the fact that she loves the book he has been writing for years while his current wife ignores it.

In poor story construction, from the night John shows up at Maggie's place and has sex with her apres her self-insemination, a sudden jump of three years into the future finds the couple now married to one another--unhappily--with a child of their own. John has turned out to be a deadbeat non-supporter who saddles Maggie with the bread winning, housework and child rearing, including his children from his previous marriage to Georgette still absorbed in writing the book he has never finished. So Maggie devises a plan to reunite Georgette and John once again, freeing her to the happy realm of single motherhood. We're supposed to sympathize with, or find amusing, this ditz who has no compunction to get involved with a married man, marry him, uproot his children, and then wants a divorce from him because she can't live with the consequences of her actions.

I wish it could be said this movie had lines worth mentioning. It defeats the purpose of a dialogue-driven movie when the script is mediocre and not in the least bit funny. Ethan Hawke does a good job of playing the deadbeat John as though he's wise enough as an actor to know he is in a film of not much importance and doesn't take the job too seriously. Greta Gerwig has a field day once again, playing Greta Gerwig in an Indie film, a serious reincarnation of all her previous roles. Somehow, it gets tiresome. If you enjoy films about self-absorbed New Yorkers who relate only to their own shallow inner circles, this might be your cup of tea. Especially if you equate far flung sympathy to their apocalyptic over reaction when their selfish and shallow plans, that no one else can truly relate to, except perhaps for a spoiled brat with a trust fund fall through, makes you find this relative or amusing. But overall, the feel and execution of this film reminds me of rushed, school girl projects hashed out at the last minute in a college dorm. It's an arrogant attempt to paint modern life into the slanted cosmic view of the writer and director, all the while leaving the strong impression this person knows nothing of the real world, or life, after all.

Reviewed by soerenbruns 5 / 10

An indie film without indie charm

Among many other things, the best dialogue-driven character studies can create a sense of real connectedness between the viewer and the people depicted on screen. If well narrated, those films can serve as a mirror to your own experiences or open up new perspectives on life in general. Directors that have managed to achieve this in the past like (the early) Woody Allen or Noah Baumbach are also often named as references when it comes to Rebecca Miller's latest film Maggie's Plan.

Indeed, when you saw the trailer, you got the feeling a new Baumbach is coming up: set in New York, starring Greta Gerwig playing a Gerta Gerwig-character and a plot revolving around existential questions of a group of well-educated, slightly quirky people. I love all of these elements and mixed with a cast including Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore I was very excited to see this film.

However, the aspects of indie films I mentioned above which I deem so important are all missing here. Once you have accepted the awkward premise (which is far-fetched enough) that the protagonist Maggie (Greta Gerwig) desperately wants to reunite her husband John (Ethan Hawke) with his ex-wife (Julianne Moore), the film misses all its chances to handle the characters' issues with precision and depth. This starts with the poor writing which does include some amusing lines and interesting insights (my favourite being John's take on unborn babies) but still fails to make the characters' motivations and intentions appear reasonable. Despite the fact that they are always quite short, films like The Squid and the Whale never feel rushed. In Maggie's Plan we see many rapid developments and turns in attitude that are often hard to make sense of.

Apart from problems in the script, the film suffers from the way it is directed. One major element is a trope that is more than predominant in recent cinema which comes down to a formula many directors seem to have internalised deeply: Shaky camera = Authenticity. In order to immerse the viewer within a scene, many films employ this technique, however in many cases in such a exaggerated manner that it becomes a parody of itself (Exhibit A: The Hunger Games; Counterexample (how it should be done): Children of Men). The same is the case in Maggie's Plan. It is the film's ambition to live up to its predecessors by offering a perspective that feels true to life. But unnecessary zoom-ins, shakes and pans occasionally disrupt the viewing experience. Films that rely on quiet, emotional scenes like this one benefit from a rather still, observant depiction, so that the viewer likely forgets that there is a camera.

Having said all this, I still consider Maggie's Plan an average film which is mostly due to the cast. The actors do what they can to give the weird script at least some emotional depth (even though I add Julianne Moore's choice of accent to the list of things that bewildered me). My harsh critique is probably due to high expectations. But I just didn't assume they were that high, as I would have been happy, if some main elements that separate these kinds of films from major blockbusters had been displayed.

My main concern with this review is to counter the many voices comparing this film to indie masterpieces like Frances Ha or Annie Hall. Maggie's Plan is not even close to being in the same league. To quote Pulp Fiction, it is not even the same sport.

Reviewed by niutta-enrico 5 / 10

Maggie's plan: Realism could be Boring.

Maggie's Plan is a (quite depressing) story about our selfishness, our pointless lives and our capricious nature.

It's, under many respects, a good film: it has quality dialogue and the plot is coherent to itself from the beginning to the end. Rebecca Miller moreover showed talent and an unquestionable sincerity, which is what I appreciated the most.

But she's not ironic, whereas she should be (people struggling to survive, all over the world, would agree with me), as if she were too involved with her characters. This made movie's theme more psychoanalytical than universal, which is poorly catching.

Realism could be boring.

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