this was trying so hard to be quirky it became like this over the top quirky mess and there was no one to stop it and i felt like i was falling into a manic pixie void but i was also aware that that was the intent but it was so unbearable i just couldn't take it
So why in the world did Rebecca Miller decide to make a Woody Allen/Noam Baumbach film? Not without its charms but the film seems such a worthless derivative trifle from a director capable of more. Greta Gerwig plays yet another charming but manic character, Hawke another boy-man and Moore adds to her accent pile with an off-kilter turn. As Saturday night date night entertainment it was OK but nothing more.
Given the cast and the recent influx of terrific indie films - especially the ones starring Greta Gerwig - the fact that "Maggie's Plan" is so mediocre is heartbreaking. A tremendous cast finds themselves meandering in what feels like heavily sanitized mumblecore, to the point where conversations feel aggressively perfunctory and quirks have resorted to characters worshiping "ficto-critical anthropology."
A comedy drama uniting the conversational traditions of the Before Trilogy and Baumbach-Gerwig collaborations. The nature of modern love is explored with realism and without the rom-com sheen, but with enough whimsy to keep spectators engaged. Hader and Rudolph's comic timing is a necessary spark, but Moore shines most as the jilted professor. Hawke and Gerwig lead the field with distinction.