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Lady Bird (2017)

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In the early 2000s, an artistically-inclined seventeen year-old comes of age in Sacramento, California.

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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 Dehlia

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

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15 February 2018 (Australia)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$364,437, 5 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,783,669, 7 December 2017
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The lead character is named Christine after Greta Gerwig's mother, Christine Gerwig. In addition, the mother in the film, Marion (played by Laurie Metcalf), is a nurse, just as Christine is in real life. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: People go by the names their parents give them, but they don't believe in God.
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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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Hand in My Pocket
Written by Alanis Morissette and Glen Ballard
Performed by Alanis Morissette
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'Lady Bird' Spreads Her Wings
10 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

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 shell.

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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