What Maisie Knew Saturday, 11 July 2020

What Maisie Knew

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    2 step parenting.

  • Starring:

    Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skarsgård, Joanna Vanderham, Onata Aprile, Amelia Campbell, Maddie Corman, Nadia Gan

  • Directed by:

    Scott McGehee, David Siegel

  • Running time:

    99 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    Domestic arguing in front of a child. Play-fighting/shooting with finger-gun. Nazis, decapitation, mercury poisoning mentioned. Father throwing his child mentioned. Yelling. Blood/gore: Burned arm mentioned.


    Kissing. Infidelity.Skimpy clothing, cleavage, bra seen beneath clothing. Man in boxer shorts. Beachwear. Nudity discussed.


    Alcohol (wine, beer, cocktails, spirits). Bartending mentioned. Smoking. Substance abuse mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, a-words. Name-calling, derogatory term for women. Religious exclamations. Obscene finger gesture. Age, gender stereotypes.


    Divorce, custody, parenting, bitterness, estrangement, neglect, fame, music, singing, identity, re-marriage, family, spite, independence, maturity, priorities, court orders, step-parents, jealousy, emotional warfare, irresponsibility, childhood, innocence, abandonment, selfishness.


    Courtroom, wedding settings. A parent loses custody of their child. Turtles (incl. on television, toy), starfish, owl (picture on backpack), animal toys (giraffe, hippo, turtle, horses, elephant, gorilla, guinea pig, dog, panda, tigers, pig). Peanut butter eaten, flower allergy mentioned. Raw mince prepared, steak tartare discussed. Dog dying mentioned. Palm-reading. Based on Henry James novel.


    Smart, graceful, intelligent, warm, unforgettable, heartbreaking, real, nuanced, profound, moving, provocative, affecting, brilliant, absorbing, painful, infuriating, sad, sublime. Expert acting, concise writing, perfect cast, intuitive cinematography.


    Bleak, routine. Some twists strain belief. Maisie's character is a little too sweet and naive.

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