Maggie’s plan

I am not going to spoil it by telling you when or how it happens, but there is a brilliant association made between artificial insemination and pickles. It is brilliant because screenwriter-director Rebecca Miller does not write any naughty lines. She know that anything her characters say at that moment will have double entendre. She just let us, the audience, decide if we get the joke or not. Maggie is played by Greta Gerwig, and her plan is to have a child. Unlucky in love, Maggie decides that the best way is to find a sperm donor. She just found the suitable candidate, when she meets professor and novelist John (Ethan Hawke). John is married to Georgette who, according to everyone Maggie talks to, is a cold-hearted bitch. Soon Maggie and John fall in each other’s arms. Three years later, John left Georgette and married Maggie. John and Maggie now have a daughter. Between taking care of her daughter and John and Georgette’s kids on weekends, Maggie realizes that her relationship with John was a mistake. Georgette and Maggie finally meet and Maggie finds out that Georgette is not that bad after all, once you get to know her. I would say that Maggie’s plan‘s overall tone is pleasant. There are funny moments and performances. I liked Saturday night live‘s alumni Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph as Maggie’s best friends, Tony and Felicia. Rudolph in particular will stand on her head, if needs be, to make a line funny. And Bill Hader’s Tony feels real and human. Georgette is played by Julianne Moore in one of her rare comedy performance. It’s a great comic creation. From the costume,- a shaggy-carpet-like ugly fur coat, platform shoes -the thick german (?) accent and those piercing, cold stares meant to scare off anyone who angers Georgette, Moore seems to be having the time of her life. But Georgette also has heart and Julianne Moore is making sure that see that. There is plenty here to like.

Rémi-Serge Gratton

Maggie’s plan

Directed by:

Rebecca Miller

Screenplay by:

Rebeccca Miller

Karen Rinaldi


Greta Gerwig

Ethan Hawke

Julianne Moore

Bill Hader

Maya Rudolph

Travis Fimmel

Wallace Shawn

92 min.

Rated 14A


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