Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.
Thirty years after they served together in Vietnam, a former Navy Corpsman Larry "Doc" Shepherd re-unites with his old buddies, former Marines Sal Nealon and Reverend Richard Mueller, to bury his son, a young Marine killed in the Iraq War.
Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.
Christina "Lady Bird" MacPherson is a high school senior from the "wrong side of the tracks." She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. LADY BIRD follows the title character's senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college. Written by
A shot of a freeway sign in Sacramento showed an exit number. The movie takes place in 2002, which was the year California started numbering its freeway exits, but they started out on rural exits and made their way to urban areas a few years later, so no exit in a city the size of Sacramento would be numbered at this point. See more »
Portraying a likable rebel is a hard thing to do on screen. You would
have to set up why they are the way they are, and still be able to give
them fleeting moments of empathy or just go all the way with no
regrets. Lady Bird takes a stab at finding the balance from first time
director Greta Gerwig in a relatively conservative scenery but does a
lot to make her stand out in this hilarious coming of age story.
Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) is Catherine McPherson's given alias when she
becomes bored living her familiar life while in a Catholic High School
in Sacramento. Her new persona makes her become more wandering and
naturally gravitating to many different things around her like boys,
new female friends and the dream of finding more like herself in a east
coast college away from home.
Saoirse Ronan does a great job as a rebellious yet empathetic teenager
as her angst does feel like it comes from a genuine place. What I've
always had issues in the past from coming of age films is they make the
teenagers problems feel self inflicted, but instead her character is
coming more from a place of needing to explore more in life. The
director also gives a lot of great snappy dialogue with all the
characters and having some truly hilarious moments (there's a scene
where the kids are slow dancing to Bone Thugs n Harmony's The
Crossroads that has me screaming).
As for faults, there aren't too many, but are more so nitpicks within
this films wings. While the film has a great first and third act, the
second act has a couple of dragging moments. It's not often or super
noticeable, but some of the films strongest points are around the outer
Lady Bird doesn't reinvent the wheel of coming of age stories, however
it does move with a lot of charm. Saoirse is great in he lead role, a
really strong script and has you on a ride with a character learning
from their mistakes and understanding how their actions affect others.
Rating: 9.3 / 10
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