Greta Gerwig’s shift from High Priestess of Mumblecore to one of the American film industry’s most expressive leading ladies is now complete. As her usual charmingly discombobulated urbanite, here yearning to become a single mom, Gerwig turns in her best performance since Frances Ha. It’s bolstered immensely by the presence of Julianne Moore and Ethan Hawke as a pair of hectoring intellectuals, and by the guiding light of writer-director Rebecca Miller, who fashioned the screenplay from a story she wrote with Karen Rinaldi. This may be the best cast Gerwig has ever worked with. It’s certainly some of her best dialogue. Picks up where Gerwig’s Noah Baumbach rom-coms left off, with the saving grace of a generous sense of humor. Costarring Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph (98 min.).
Director: Rebecca Miller
Producer: Rachael Horovitz, Damon Cardasis, Rebecca Miller, Philip Stephenson, Temple Williams, Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Alexandra Kerry, Michael Mailis and Susan Wrubel
Cast: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Travis Fimmel, Ida Rohatyn, Wallace Shawn, Mina Sundwall, Jackson Frazer and Monte Greene