Lady Bird

(2017)

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Title:
Lady Bird
Release Date:
8th September 2017
Runtime:
93 min
MPAA Rating:
R
Genres:
Directors:
Greta Gerwig
Writers:
Greta Gerwig
Languages:
English
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1080p / 720p / 480p

Storyline

Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson, a fiercely independent teenager, tries to make her own way in the world while wanting to get out of her hometown of Sacramento, California & to get away from her complicated mother & recently-unemployed father.

Ratings

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience 92%
IMDb Rating 8.3

Casts

Kathryn Newton as Darlene
Laurie Metcalf as Marion McPherson
Odeya Rush as Jenna Walton
Saoirse Ronan as Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson
Timothee Chalamet as Kyle Scheible

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Turfseer 11th November, 2017

Gerwig and Ronan team up to present incisive portrait of West Coast Parochial school rebel

I remembered Greta Gerwig from "Frances Ha" which I didn't really care for so I was more than surprised to discover that not only can she direct (as evidenced by her efforts here with Lady Bird) but is a talented screenwriter as well (yes, she also wrote the screenplay!). Her story is set in (of all places), Sacramento, and stars the consistently strong Irish-American actor Saoirse Ronan as Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson, an off-beat adolescent in her senior year at a local parochial school, hoping to get accepted by a good school on the east coast (as opposed to a state university which her parents can afford). Christine calls herself "Lady Bird" in order to stand out from her peers and her mother Marion (played by Laurie Metcalf in a potential Oscar-winning performance) can't get used to the new appellation. The conflict between the two is the highlight of the film, as Christine's mother is hard on her daughter at almost every turn, wanting the best for her but insisting on good behavior. Christine, on the other hand, resents her mother's interference in her life and consequently struggles with her self-image. Gerwig's portrait of the wayward adolescent is spot-on, as Christine exhibits that perfect mixture of arrogance and wisdom, typical of gifted but confused teenagers. Gerwig is intent on eschewing the usual cliches of coming-of-age narratives. What impressed me the most was her sympathetic treatment of the parochial school priests and nuns, entrusted with educating kids who are not exactly what you would call devoted Catholics. You wouldn't expect a priest (Father Leviatch) to be conducting auditions for a Sondheim musical (in this case, "Merrily we Roll Along") but that's exactly what he does and later bemoans the unenthusiastic audience reaction, exclaiming that they "just didn't "get it"—he's also the same priest who conducts a group therapy session exhorting the students to be the "first one to cry" (and of course, it's Father Leviatch who is the first to emote!). There's also another hilarious scene with the football coach (another priest!--Father Walther) who subs for Father Leviatch (who eventually resigns due to depression). The coach directs Shakespeare's "The Tempest" as if it's a football game and the beleaguered drama students all must cope with the coach's crazy approach. When Christine is suspended after falling afoul of a teacher who promotes a pro-life stance (relating that her mother was considering an abortion—and this particular teacher wouldn't have been born had her mother gone ahead with her initial decision), the Mother Superior, Sister Sarah Joan, confides to Christine that that the anti-abortion teacher is really a blow-hard and she actually found Christine's comments (that led to her suspension) to be amusing. Hence, Christine gets off lightly with Gerwig emphasizing the humanity of the nun in charge. There are multiple twists and turns in the plot that keep the story fresh throughout. When Christine discovers her first love, Danny, is gay, she stops speaking to him out of anger. But later she forgives and hugs him, after he reveals that he'll probably be rejected by his family if he comes out of the closet. Similarly, the theme of forgiveness is also played out in Christine's relationship to her best friend, Julie, who she has a falling out with over her new relationship with Jenna, a "bad girl" to Julie the "good." After Christine falls for a second boy, Kyle, she again endures disappointment when she discovers that he's already slept with six other girls and is no "virgin" as he had told Christine earlier. Emotionally devastated, this leads Christine to reconcile with Julie and in another delightful twist, they end up dancing together at the Senior Prom! Last but not least, Christine's father, Larry (a low-key but highly effective Tracy Letts), despite having lost his job, provides emotional support for Christine along with helping her fill out financial aid applications. Much to her mother's chagrin, Christine is accepted by a college in NYC and her mother isn't talking to her as she jets off to her new life at the university. An overdose of alcohol (which lands her briefly in the hospital) perhaps is the trigger that helps her to grow up and realize that her mother loved her all along and is now ready to start her freshmen year in New York as a full-fledged adult! With the usual ubiquitous glut on the market of coming of age stories, Greta Gerwig manages to infuse her tale with a rich tapestry of intuitive observations of life, making her freshmen effort an extraordinary winning one, deserving of all the accolades already heaped upon it.

Reviewed by rockman182 3rd November, 2017

Lady Bird (2017)

This film received very high praise from early screenings and it wasn't hard to see why. Saoirse Ronan is a star, absolutely blowing everyone away in Brooklyn. Then you have Greta Gerwig, a force in a few Noah Baumbach films, with a highly anticipated directional debut. Was incredibly hyped for this one all the way through. It feels short because the film just flies by but its rather excellent. Very satisfied with the turnout for this one. The film is about Christine McPherson (Ronan) who has given herself the name "Lady Bird". She is a high school senior in a Catholic school who struggles through what a typical girl of that age goes through. She faces the trials and tribulations of dating boys, losing her virginity, trying to be popular, feuding with her best friend and mother, and ultimately trying to figure out what to do with her life. Things are tough for her and she examines her relationships with friends and family to ultimately come to the best decision for herself. The film sounds like a typical film plot. In many ways it is. Yet everything about the film is done so well in the expert hands of novice filmmaker Greta Gerwig. The dialogue is sharp, hilarious, and witty. The character development, interaction, and acting are all strong. Saoirse Ronan is at the very least sealing an Oscar nomination for best actress and might even go on to win it. It seemed like such an effortless performance for a girl who completely disappears into the character idiosyncrasies of Lady Bird. Its a wonderful coming of age film that hits all the check marks and does so very effectively. I can't think of any complaints. The film feels so real and identifiable. Its exactly what you want and is a very impressive debut from Gerwig. The film has a nice touch at the end and does what it needs to do to remain funny and touching. I don't mind a good coming of age comedy every year (Edge of Seventeen taking the cake last year). I expect this to be an award contender for at the very least Ronan's performance and Gerwigs writing and directing. 8/10

Reviewed by EffMJay 28th October, 2017

Best Comedy of 2017

And definitely one of the best films of 2017, period. As a matter of fact, the entire film is wonderfully acted, written and directed. (If Laurie Metcalf doesn't at least get a supporting actress nomination there is simply no justice in this world.) The characters are refreshingly multi-dimensional, nuanced and fascinating, and the female characters, especially, are blessed with legit real dialogue and not the usual bogus generic tropes. One of the cinematic delights of the year.

Reviewed by kashidomar 27th October, 2017

Love Bird.......

Lady bird is a movie about a young woman and her struggling mother. Saoirse Ronan has done the central role of the movie. She is very free flowing actress and has transformed herself in the character of a teenage girl having full of dreams , fluency and lot of life. Her activities and reactions everything has made the movie a good comedy drama. Director Greta Gerwig has directed the movie very well. Those who likes to see comedy drama will enjoy it. It has no hard actions but it is full of small emotional fights of mind. Good to see this type of movie in this high action packed era of films.

Reviewed by JustCuriosity 26th October, 2017

A Meditation on Place and Family

Lady Bird was very well-received at its local premiere at the Paramount Theater for the Austin Film Festival. I found it to be a sweet, charming coming-of-age film. It is a serious film, but with flashes of humor. Greta Gerwing wrote and directed the film which seemed to be partly autobiographical in that she grew up in Sacramento, CA at about the same time as her character. The film is a meditation on what it means to be from some place and what that idea of home means in shaping who you become. She has a love-hate relationship with her city, her family and her place in both. It is also very much a story of young girl struggling with her own and her mother's expectations for herself. The script is really charming with the best scenes being those of Lady Bird and her mother. Lady Bird is struggling with sexuality, family, friendship, religion and even her own name all at the same time. Like all of us, she is trying to find her place in the world. Saoirse Ronan is excellent as Lady Bird as is Laurie Metcalf in the role of her haggard struggling mother trying to hold her family together through difficult times. Recommended to those who like drama, particularly coming-of-age films.