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Lady Bird (2017)

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The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

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The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.

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Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying | See all certifications »

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3 November 2017 (USA)  »

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$364,437 (USA) (5 November 2017)

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$6,661,088 (USA) (23 November 2017)
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Opened the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival where it received a rapturous standing ovation after its premiere. See more »

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When Lady Bird's parents pull up to the curb at the airport, a United sign is visible bearing the company's current globe logo, which it inherited from its merger with Continental Airlines. The scene takes place in summer 2003, but the United/Continental merger re-branding was not completed until 2012. See more »

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Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: I hate California, I want to go to the east coast. I want to go where culture is like, New York, or Connecticut or New Hampshire.
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SHOWN AT THE BEGINNING: "Anyone who talks about California hedonism have never spent a Christmas in Sacramento." - Joan Didion See more »

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References Rushmore (1998) See more »

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15 November 2017 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Joining the likes of Woody Allen, Mel Brooks and Ben Affleck, Greta Gerwig proves her significance and brilliance is most apparent behind the camera, rather than in front. Her first feature film flying solo as writer and director is without a doubt, one of the year's best. Surely she has benefited from having a very talented live-in muse and mentor and partner in Noah Baumbach, but this extraordinary film is clearly Ms. Gerwig's passion project … and it's a thing of beauty (character warts and all).

Ultra talented Saoirse Ronan plays Christine, aka "Lady Bird". She claims it's her given name – a name she gave herself. Entering her senior year of Catholic High School in Sacramento, she's the typical blend of teenage insecurity, bravado and restlessness. Her never quite satisfied mom is played by Laurie Metcalf, in what is probably her career best performance, and definitely worthy of Supporting Oscar consideration. A brilliant opening scene finds mother and daughter sharing a cry, which quickly devolves into one of the endless stream of arguments that make up half of their relationship. Their scenes together are sometimes caustic, always realistic, and likely to hit home to many mothers and daughters watching.

Lady Bird is convinced she must escape 2002 Sacramento and live on the east coast, where she assumes culture thrives. This is the age where every teenager is convinced an amazing destiny awaits them … not stopping to contemplate what talent they possess that might actually contribute to society. Lady Bird is an average student who seems to dream not of greatness, but rather of some vision of life where she will be appreciated for simply being herself. So much of what happens is grounded in the reality of high school life, friendships, and family. She jumps at the chance to be friends with the "it girl" who controls the "in crowd". Leaving her lifelong best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein, Jonah Hill's real life sister) in the dust, Lady Bird finagles her way into Jenna's (Odeya Rush) inner circle of rich kids, including the cooler-than-cool Kyle (Timothee Chalamet, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME). He's the bohemian-wannabe type we've all come across. Her attraction to Kyle results in confusion over her relationship with nice guy Danny (Lucas Hedges, MANCHESTER BY THE SEA).

The film touches on many familiar topics, and the script elegantly handles each piece of the puzzle and gives each character their due. Lady Bird's middle class family is going through some financial difficulties after her dad is laid off. Tracy Letts is superb as the dad who is beaten down by a life that's nearly passed him by, but he staves off his own depression just enough to provide the basic strength needed by his wife and spirited teenage daughter. Mr. Letts and Ms. Metcalf aren't TV sitcom parents carefully positioned as punchlines for clever kids, like what we typically see. The emotional bond between parents and offspring is perfectly awkward and deep. Mother and daughter have their shared escapes, while father and daughter share some secrets. There is also a complex sister-brother dynamic, as well as the common issues of school days – teenage girl self-respect, class warfare, teacher crushes, and the pressures of extracurricular activities. Lois Smith has a couple of outstanding scenes as a wise and observant nun who sees Lady Bird for who she is, and provides the necessary guidance. Welcome comedy relief is combined with an editorial statement on the ongoing reductions in funding for the arts, as the football coach (Bob Stephenson) is put in charge of the drama department.

Ms. Gerwig's excellent (quasi-autobiographical) film defies traditional categorization. It's part teenage comedy, coming of age, family drama, and character study – yet it's also so much more. Have you seen much of this before? Absolutely, and it's likely at least some of this has occurred in your own life, though you may not always enjoy being reminded. What is enjoyable is watching the work of a skilled filmmaker and exciting new cinematic story teller.


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