Thursday, August 4, 2016

Maggie's Plan

Writer/Producer/Director Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan is one of the reasons independent film is so important.  Unfortunately, jewels like this are not being financed by the major companies and the world is poorer for it.
Maggie (Greta Gerwig) wants to have a baby and chooses a pickle producer (Travis Fimmel) to donate his sperm.  But, then, she meets a would-be writer (Ethan Hawke) whose in-process novel enchants her and they fall in love with each other.  That ends his marriage to an aggressive Danish academician (Julliane Moore) and repercussions ensue.

The cast, including Bill Haber and Maya Rudolph, who are her married best friends, are all at their very best and the viewer soon bonds with all the characters

Miller’s script is funny, poignant and sharp.  Sam Levy’s cinematography is spot on and Sabine Hoffman’s editing is superb.

Maggie’s Plan is truly a fun romp.  I give it a 4.3 out of 5.

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