"What Maisie Knew," which hit theaters in limited release on May 3 to generally favorable reviews (Entertainment Weekly notwithstanding), tells the story of a bitter custody battle that may sound all too familiar to divorcés.
Based on Henry James' 1897 novel, the movie is told through the eyes of six-year-old Maisie, played by Onata Aprile, who is caught in her parents' divorce dispute. What's more, her rockstar mom (played by Julianne Moore) and art dealer dad (Steve Coogan) begin relationships with inappropriate partners (Alexander Skarsgård and Joanna Vanderham) post-split, who also play a role in Maisie's upbringing.
In the clip above, we see a glimpse of what Maisie's life is like with her mom -- before she is promptly handed off to her mom's partner.
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Click through the slides below for five other movies about custody battles.
In this quintessential child custody film, Dustin Hoffman plays Ted Kramer, a divorcé forced to give up his workaholic ways when wife Joanna, played by Meryl Streep, leaves their son in his care. When Joanna returns to take the boy back, Ted fights her in court to keep custody of the child.
In this '80s dramedy, young Drew Barrymore plays a girl who seeks to emancipate herself from her bickering, recently divorced parents (Shelley Duvall and Ryan O'Neal) and move in with their former housekeeper.
"Evelyn" stars Pierce Brosnan as Desmond Doyle, an out-of-work father who fights to reunite with his children after they're put into orphanages by the Irish courts. The film is loosely based on the real-life Desmond Doyle's child custody battle in the 1950s.
In "Not Without My Daughter," U.S.-born Betty (Sally Fields) wants to leave Iran with her young daughter, but her violent husband, Moody, refuses to let them go. When Betty finds out that, under Iranian law, Moody would be granted sole custody of the girl if they were to divorce, she flees the country with her daughter in tow. The film was deemed controversial by many critics for its stereotypical portrayal of Muslims.
When his wife is granted primary custody of the children, unemployed actor Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) dons a dress and a fat suit, pretending to be a female housekeeper so he can continue to spend time with his family.
In this 2011 drama, Sean Penn plays Sam, a developmentally disabled man who approaches a high-profiled lawyer (Michelle Pfeiffer) to help him fight for custody of his seven-year-old daughter (Dakota Fanning) after he's deemed unfit to care for her.