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Maggie’s Plan (8/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 98 minutes.
OK for children.
This is an
extraordinarily complex film about a protagonist, Maggie Hardin (Greta
Gerwig), who views herself as an honest person who feels she deals with
Unsuccessful in love
and in her 30s, she wants a baby, so chooses an old college chum, Guy
(Travis Fimmel), as a sperm donor. Alas, she then meets John Harding
(Ethan Hawke, no stranger to films about infidelity), falls for him and,
offscreen, apparently induces him to leave his wife, Georgette (Julianne
Moore), and marries him. We don’t see that because the film suddenly
jumps forward two years when we see Maggie and John married with one
child of hers and caring for John’s children, too. But Maggie is immune
to feelings of guilt or thoughts that breaking up a marriage isn’t
exactly “ethical.” One thing she is, is comfortable in her own skin and
completely willing to do anything that will make her happy.
However, when her
marriage doesn’t seem to be working out to her satisfaction, she then
goes on to meet Georgette and things progress from there.
The script is witty
and the acting very good. As it progresses to its not unexpected
denouement (if you’ve been paying attention), we also learn that she has
been less than honest in other things, too. Ah, that’s what makes her
such an intriguing character. Who was it who said that women are
Rebecca Miller has shrewdly painted Georgette as appearing to be a
controlling, manipulative person as a contrast to Maggie who appears to
be just the opposite. But at the end we realize that things and people
are often not what they appear to be.