DVD Review: Maggie’s Plan

MaggieDVD1STUDIO: Sony | DIRECTOR: Rebecca Miller | CAST: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Travis Femmel, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph
RELEASE DATE: 8/23/16 | PRICE: DVD $14.99, Blu-ray $30.99
BONUSES: director’s commentary, featurette, outtakes, Q&A from Sundance Film Festival
SPECS: R | 98 min. | Romantic comedy | 1.85:1 widescreen | Dolby Digital 5.1/DTS HD Master Audio

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie  | Audio | Video  | Overall

Greta Gerwig and Ethan Hawke in Maggie's Plan

Greta Gerwig and Ethan Hawke in Maggie’s Plan

A sharp, smartly acted romantic comedy with prickly elements, Maggie’s Plan from writer-director Rebecca Miller (The Private Lives of Pippa Lee) boasts Greta Gerwig (No Strings Attached) as the lead character, a college career advisor ready to have a child but not ready to settle down. After choosing a pickle mogul (Travis Femmel, TV’s Vikings) as her sperm donor, Maggie meets a wannabe novelist and professor (Ethan Hawke, Good Kill) she is attracted to. The problem is that her new romantic interest is unhappily married with children to a strong-willed European academic (Julianne Moore, Still Alice), so Maggie comes up with a series of plans that will benefit herself—and often harm others in the process

Even when dealing with the lead character’s self-serving manipulations, Miller keeps things fairly light, and gets fine work all across the board, including supporting bits from Bill Hader (Trainwreck) and Maya Rudolph (The Way, Way Back) as Gerwig’s closest friends and advisors. Because of the principles’ ever-changing moods and desires and the subtle performances, Maggie’s Plan is more than your cookie cutter indie rom-com and, despite never catching fire in limited release, should find wider appeal on the home market.

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Irv Slifkin has been reviewing movies since before he got kicked off of his high school radio station for panning The Towering Inferno in 1974. He has written the books VideoHound’s Groovy Movies: Far-Out Films of the Psychedelic Era and Filmadelphia: A Celebration of a City’s Movies, and has contributed film reportage and reviews to such outlets as Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Video Business magazine and National Public Radio.