Maggie’s Plan 2015 ***

Thousands of column inches in newspapers, magazines and blogs were devoted to an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters and what that might mean in terms of women and film; in the midst of it, the release of Maggie’s Plan, written and directed by Rebecca Miller, didn’t get a percentage of the attention. Maggie’s Plan looks like some kind of Bridget Jones’s Baby pregnancy rom-com from the trailer, but it’s anything but; Maggie (Greta Gerwig)_ wants a baby, but isn’t sure who the father should be; the local pickle salesman (like a jingles writer, this profession is always movie shorthand for a loser) or professor Ethan Hawke, who she has a crush on. This matter is resolved quickly, and the action moves forward to Maggie’s child being considerably older, and Maggie questioning the correctness of her own decisions. There’s also some academic satire to boot with Hawke and particularly Julianne Moore having fun as his flighty, wonderfully pretentious ex-wife. But Maggie’s Plan is notable for being a film made my female talent that deals with a woman’s dilemma with tact and taste; by some inversion of the microscope, a film directed by a man about women chasing ghosts is somehow seen as a more attention worthy piece of cinema.


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