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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There's a certain lack of commitment among the characters, but ultimately the idea is that even the messiest relationships can find resolution, and while you may not be able to undo your mistakes, you can remedy them. Explores the idea of falling in and out of love with your spouse during a marriage.
Positive Role Models
Though Maggie's plan is in many ways ill-conceived and insensitive, she herself isn't. She's caring and considerate at heart, if also a bit controlling. Georgette may be a little harsh and distant, but she's got a heart under her severe exterior. John is enthusiastic but needy and self-absorbed.
Violence & Scariness
A few loud arguments.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
During a sex scene, a woman's bare back and breast are seen. In another scene, a couple wrestles playfully on a bed, then twitching feet are seen and moans are heard. Also talk of sex, sperm, and insemination (a donor is asked to "produce" on demand -- his results are shown in a cup; a woman uses a syringe to try to inseminate herself).
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Frequent use of strong language, including "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "bitch," "ass," "shut up," "screw you," "balls," "t-ts," "Jesus" (as an exclamation).
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Products & Purchases
Characters use iPhones. Scribner (the publisher) and Airbnb are mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking (hot whiskey, wine, beer, etc.). A couple hooks up after having too much to drink; another woman drinks too much during a date night.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Maggie's Plan is a quirky, talky comedy about relationships and self-discovery. The material is is too mature for younger teens -- one sex scene includes partial nudity (bare back, breasts), and there's a lot of talk about insemination (including scenes showing a man's "product" in a cup and a woman trying to inseminate herself with a syringe). There's also more talk of sex, social drinking (sometimes too much -- which in one case leads to an extramarital hook-up), as well as frequent strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and more). In any case, the movie's focus on marriage/relationships and parenthood may not be all that appealing to teens, anyway. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is sometimes maddening and not wholly original (Woody Allen has trodden this path before), but it's funny and fresh in the best ways that an indie comedy can be. Gerwig is key to selling Maggie's Plan's so-wacky-it's-almost-annoying premise; charming and empathetic, her performance is grounded in a genuineness many actresses can't pull off. The entire ensemble performs well, despite some artificial-sounding dialogue from writer-director Rebecca Miller. That said, Miller does manage to capture the narcissism and self-destruction that afflicts even those with the best intentions.
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