Maggie's Plan

Synopsis: Maggie's plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant and impossible Georgette. But one daughter and three years later, Maggie is out of love and in a quandary: what do you do when you suspect your man and his ex wife are actually perfect for each other?
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Rebecca Miller
  1 win & 6 nominations.
98 min


- Sorry! Sorry I'm late. Hi!

- I did not know that about Erica.

- Hi, Max! Hi.

- Hi!

You have one little corner

of baby smell left right there.


- Hi, how are you?

- I need a baby!

- You need a baby?

- Mmm.

You're such an impatient little fussbudget.

I just don't see why I should wait.

Uh, for a father, perhaps?

Let's face it.

I've never been in a serious relationship

that's lasted longer than six months.

We were together for two years.


In college. And we made each other

miserable the rest of the time.

- Yeah.

- Here you go.

I admit it, we were miserable,

- but we were also happy.

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

Well, just so you know,

I have some sperm in a facility uptown,

if you're in a pinch.

What? Why?

I thought Felicia didn't

want any more kids.

Felicia does not want any more kids.

I froze it in case I met someone nice.

No, you didn't.

I didn't.

But I might.

You know, save it like mad money style.


So do you remember

Guy Childers from college?

Wait, wasn't he the guy, he now...

What, he's a pickle salesman, right?

No, he's a pickle entrepreneur.

I'm just gonna touch these.

And he agreed to make a donation,

so that I could inseminate myself.

- But he has no sense of personal space.

- So what? He was a math major.

And I'm not gonna marry him.

I'm just borrowing his genes.

But not his personality, I hope.

Guy Childers?

Well, everybody's got something

a little bit wrong with them.

You think everybody's honest

who fills out those questionnaires

at the sperm bank donation thing?

I can't believe you've been cooking this up

and you didn't even tell me.

- Because I knew that you'd yell at me.

- I'm not yelling at you...

Isn't this something that women do

who are, like, 49 and desperate?

I don't want it to be a last resort.

I want it to be a choice

because I'm ready to be a mother,

and I don't believe that I'll find someone

that I can stay in love with

or who can stay in love with me

for longer than six months.

I'm just facing the truth about myself.

So when's the insemination?

Are we gonna have a party?

In four months.

Hey, does my breath smell?

No. Does mine?

I started production in my apartment

three years ago.

Now, I have 12 employees.

And I just got an order from Whole Foods.

So if that works out, we're taking off.

But I'm still very hands-on.

- Every pickle has my stamp of approval on it.

- Mmm.

Here, try this one.

I love this.

That's a Bavarian. It's classic.

This is the best pickle I've ever had.

- Oh, you skate?

- Yeah. Every Sunday.

I grew up on the ice.

- Oh, right. You were on the ice hockey team.

- Yeah.

I used to ice-skate a

lot when I was little.

- So regarding our plan.

- Okay.

- Here is my bill of health.

- Oh.

Read it.

That's great.

Oh, I have for you...


You need to keep it warm when you...

So just put it next to your body,

underneath your shirt,

- and you can come right over.

- Okay.

So when do you want to do this?

March 23rd.

- I just want to build up some more savings.

- Please. That's smart.

I already have health insurance

and everything.

So I guess the question is, um,

how much involvement do you want to have?

I was going to suggest none,

but, um, I'm open to negotiation.

None is so cool.


I mean, that kind of takes

the pressure off, right? Doesn't it, huh?

- I can just relax and build my empire.

- Oh!

Oh, my gosh.

Hi, Beverly. I got two checks this month.

Not that I'm complaining.

You're sure

they're not for two different payments?

Well, I'd love to think that,

but they have the same date on them

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Rebecca Miller

Rebecca Augusta Miller, Lady Day-Lewis (born September 15, 1962) is an American independent filmmaker and novelist, known for her films Angela, Personal Velocity: Three Portraits, The Ballad of Jack and Rose, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Maggie's Plan, all of which she wrote and directed. Miller is the daughter of Arthur Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, and his third wife Inge Morath, Magnum photographer. more…

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