Maggie's Plan

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Director: 
Rebecca Miller
Year: 
2015
Rating: 
Rated R
Run Time: 
98 mins
Cast: 
Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore
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Be careful what you wish for—especially if it involves your handsome co-worker leaving his wife for you. In writer-director Rebecca Miller’s sophisticated screwball comedy, college administrator Maggie (indie ingénue Greta Gerwig) gets more than she bargained for when she falls in love with a charming, married writer on her faculty (Ethan Hawke). Maggie thinks she’s found happily ever after when John shows up on her doorstep, professing his love and readiness to leave his cold, academic wife (Julianne Moore). But storybook romances aren’t always what they seem, as Maggie soon discovers. With flawlessly funny performances by the leads, crackling Woody Allen-style wit, and terrific cameos from the likes of Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph, you won’t find a more subversive or winsome romantic comedy this year.

"'Maggie’s Plan' is an ensemble piece, with Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel, and a magic, romantic New York rounding out the cast. They’re all great, but it’s Gerwig who’s just so damn gosh-wow." - Kimberly Jones, Austin Chronicle

"Miller’s characters are complete, singular people, and her take is thoroughly female. She subverts the genre, and wakes it up." - Joanna Schneller, The Globe and Mail

"Without pushing or showing off, Miller creates a breezy comedy that pulls you up short. Buoyed by faultless actors who mesh beautifully, 'Maggie's Plan' tickles you with laughs that can — suddenly or even days later — choke you up with emotion." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone