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Maggie’s Plan


‘…a film made by top female talent that deals with a woman’s personal dilemma with tact and taste…’

Back in 2016, thousands of column inches in both digital and legacy media were devoted to an all-female reboot of Ghostbusters and what that might mean for all of us in terms of the on-going war between women and men. In the midst of the media brouhaha, the release of Maggie’s Plan, written and directed by actual film-making woman Rebecca Miller, didn’t get a percentage of the attention, but the ascension of star Greta Gerwig to the forefront of worldwide film-makers via the Barbie movie might well change all that in the future.

Maggie’s Plan looks like some kind of Bridget Jones’s Baby pregnancy rom-com from the trailer, but it’s anything but; Maggie (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 complete 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 previous decisions re motherhood. There’s also some academic satire to boot with Hawke and particularly Julianne Moore having fun as his flighty, pretentious ex-wife.

Maggie’s Plan is notable for being a film made by top female talent that deals with a woman’s personal dilemma with tact and taste; by some inversion of the microscope, a film directed by a man about women chasing comedy ghosts is somehow seen as a more significant work of cinema. Barbie felt like a personal film for Gerwig, with the main character’s heartfelt desiring not to realise an idea, but to have the idea. Hopefully Gerwig’s game-changing success will encourage viewers to seek out unfairly ignored films that embody other women’s ideas such as Maggie’s Plan.



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  1. Since you keep mentioning her I did a quick search, which told me that I’ve never seen anything Gerwig has appeared in or directed. I guess the zeitgeist has passed me by.

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