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About the Movie
In Rebecca Miller's witty romantic comedy, Maggie (Greta Gerwig) is a vibrant New Yorker, who without success in finding love, decides to have a child on her own. But when she meets John Harding (Ethan Hawke), an anthropology professor and struggling novelist, she falls in love for the first time. Complicating matters, John is in an unhappy marriage with Georgette (Julianne Moore), an ambitious academic who is driven by her work. With some help from Maggie's eccentric best friends, married couple Tony (Bill Hader) and Felicia (Maya Rudolph), Maggie sets in motion a new plan that intertwines their lives and connects them in surprising and humorous ways.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 157
- Fresh: 134
- Rotten: 23
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Miller's characters are complete, singular people, and her take is thoroughly female. She subverts the genre, and wakes it up.
Fresh: It has charm, mischief, provocation, astringent wit.
Fresh: Julianne Moore is terrific as the high-IQ wife while Greta Gerwig again shows her flair for these types of wistful independent urban comedies.
I used to trust rotten tomatoes (Within 20% or so). This is garbage. I rarely review but feel I have to redeem my stupid decision by helping you save your money - go spend time with your loved ones.
Slow, not funny, sad and a waste of time
Ug. Sassy Black Receptionist
Not a laugh out loud funny movie. I'd give it 4 stars, but they did this thing that American movies keep doing and I'm really sick of. Because they had no Black people in the movie, they stuck in the stereotypical "Sassy Black Receptionist." It's become such a cliche that I actually found myself thinking, "Huh. Maybe there's a world of Sassy Black Receptionists that this tiresome cliche is based on - maybe I'm being too critical." But then I came to my senses and thought, "No, this is just another crude and inept attempt by White people to stick in a last-minute Black character in order to delude themselves into thinking that they are not making a movie about an exclusively White world." I just recently saw an episode of Frankie and Grace that was also ruined by a gratuitously inserted Sassy Black Receptionist. They're everywhere in film & TV. Used to be there had to a court scene to get a Black person in an otherwise White movie: The Black, female judge appearing like magic out of a sea of Whiteness. But now, we just need a visit to a hospital or an office to get the Black character inserted so we can go back to watching the White drama. OK, I've complained enough. But really... Sassy Black Receptionist... sheesh!