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|Original title:||Maggie`s Plan|
|Production country:||USA 2015|
|Running time:||Approx. 99 min.|
|Rated:||From 0 years|
Maggie (Greta Gerwig) is single. She simply cannot find a man who can stand her any longer or who corresponds to her high ideals. That wouldn't be so bad if Maggie didn't have one big wish: she's dying to have a baby. Fortunately, it no longer needs a man, a sperm donation does it too. Maggie is ready to go through with this plan when John (Ethan Hawke) enters her life. Between the two there is so much radio interference that John leaves his dominant wife Georgette (Julianne Moore) for Maggie to start a new life at the side of his younger girlfriend. It all looks like a classic happy ending - but three years later reality has caught up with the couple. Maggie is now the proud mother of a little girl. But John, who prefers to work on his novel rather than his little family, stands in her way for perfect happiness. And so Maggie needs a new plan to get rid of John again…
Six years after the film adaptation of her novel "Pippa Lee", author and director Rebecca Miller now delivers "Maggie's Plan", a light-footed comedy worn by Hipster It girl Greta Gerwig and a wonderfully beastly Julianne Moore. With a relaxed New York flair reminiscent of early Woody Allen films, delicious dialogues and harmoniously orchestrated situation comedy, Miller tells a wonderful anti romance that charmingly disenchants conventional happy endings of commercial Romantic comedies. The characters, with all their weaknesses and neuroses, are still so charmingly drawn that it's just fun to watch them on their emotional roller coaster ride.
Although the story's approach is very refreshing, the film itself doesn't offer much that's new. This is made clear by the fact that you feel reminded of a different work in every scene, whether by Woody Allen, Noah Baumbach or Jennifer Westfeldt ("Friends with Kids"). But Miller draws the characters with such charm that every upcoming Déjà-vu feeling is nipped in the bud. Moreover, the actors spread a lot of good humor, that it's almost impossible not to get out of this movie in a good mood.
What also makes the movie successful, is the fact, that it feels like an anti-thesis to usual movie romances, but at the bottom of its heart it's still very romantic. Rebecca Miller doesn't only manage to make the audience laugh with intelligent wit, also some really nice moments hit the audience right in the heart. Admittedly, Greta Gerwig plays a role here again, as she has already been seen several times by her. And the end is beautiful, but also a little bit too constructed. But even if you could complain about such aspects, the movie has a clear strength: it's just fun. If you have a penchant for entertaining, likeable arthouse comedies from America and don't mind small weaknesses and clichés, you should definitely see for yourself in the cinema whether "Maggie's Plan" works: Worth seeing!
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