Review: Maggie’s Plan
Director: Rebecca Miller
By Sarah Stopforth
Maggie’s Plan is a wonderful screwball comedy, with a sharp witty script and A+ performances – this isn’t your regular ‘rom-com’, in the best way possible.
Maggie (Gretta Gerwig) is a single middle age woman, who literally don’t need no man – except for when it comes to making a baby, which is the only thing in her life that she is sure about. Maggie has chosen her quirky hipster college acquaintence (Travis Fimmel) to provide the sperm for her at-home insemination. It doesn’t exactly go to plan as the marrried “ficto-critical anthropologist” John (Ethan Hawke) has fallen madly in love with her and wants to impregenate her the old fashioned way.
Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha, Mistress America), Ethan Hawke (Before Sunrise, Boyhood), Julianne Moore (The Big Lebowski, Still Alice), Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Bill Hader (Trainwreck, Saturday Night Live) and Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) all add their own seasoning to make this film as hilarious as the script demands.
Writer/director Rebecca Miller is no stranger to the off-beat romanctic comedy world. Since 1995, Miller has been making her own projects, finding notable success with The Balad of Jack and Rose starring Daniel Day-Lewis, which premiered at Sudance Film Festival in 2005, and found critical reception with her following film The Private Lives of Pippa Lee in 2009, starring Blake Lively, Robin Wright, Keanu Reeves, Julianne Moore, Winona Ryder, Alan Arkin and Monica Belucci.
Now with Maggie’s Plan, Miller shows her strengths; the writing and the performances are what propel the film. The fact that the film is set in New York City is beautifully underplayed, she’s not trying to make a Woody Allen film. Washington Square Park simply acts as a snowy backdrop for Gerwig and Hawke’s characters to walk through. In the end, this film showcases the trials and tribulations of the modern realtionship, as well as doing what you need to do for you, and you alone, to find happiness.
If you love those New York vibes, and you love a great comedic cast, with sharp performances, then this one’s for you.
Catch Maggie’s Plan at Luna Palace Cinemas from July 7!