The film follows Maggie, a late twenties
academic desperate to have a baby. Enter Guy, an artisan pickle entrepreneur (yes, really) who she enlists to father her child by insemination. But Maggie’s plan suddenly
shifts when she meets John, a married anthropology professor played by Ethan
Hawke. Growing tired of his wife, John professes his love and the two enter
into a love affair.
Gerwig does what Gerwig does best as the cutesie
yet staunchly independent heroine, and Hawke is on excellent form as the vulnerable yet manipulative
man in the middle. But it’s Moore who steals the show, putting in a hilarious
performance as the adorably eccentric Danish ex-wife, her deadpan comic timing
providing many of the film’s laughs.
Just as we can’t help being charmed by the
two female leads, we can't fail to see through Hawke’s mawkish leading
man. Miller is aware of romantic cliché and uses it brilliantly to her
advantage: protestations of love ring fraudulently in the air from behind Hawke’s
A keen observation of adult relationships, Maggie’s Plan brilliantly navigates
between would-be sincere declarations of love and shrewd contrivance, gleefully placing the truth somewhere in the middle.
|What||Maggie’s Plan, film review|
|Where||Various Locations | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|
08 Jul 16 – 08 Sep 16, Times vary according to cinema
|Price||£ determined by cinema|
|Website||Click here to go to the film's IMDB page|