Maggie’s Plan is a comedic relationship drama that amounts to little more than a busy mess. One probably shouldn’t fault helmer Rebecca Miller for trying to put a nastier spin on the conventional “chick flick”. But the titular Maggie, who’s first committed to self-insemination as a determined single lady, then casually breaks up a marriage to have a taste of family life, only to find her husband and his ex-wife belong together after all, comes across not as strong-minded or complex, but as positively confused, if not downright psychotic. Maggie’s erratic behaviour is matched by the equally fickle storytelling, which for all the different notes it strains to hit never seems to find a voice. Anyone except hardcore Greta Gerwig fans in need of their quirk fix are duly warned.
Maggie’s Plan | Directed by Rebecca Miller (USA 2015) with Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore. Starts August 4