Lady Bird

2017

Comedy / Drama

57
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 99%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 55856

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Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird McPherson
Jake McDorman as Mr. Bruno
Odeya Rush as Jenna Walton
Laurie Metcalf as Marion McPherson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by markgorman 8 / 10

A heartwarming movie that will touch any good parents of teenage children.

Although this movie explores much trodden territory - a Catholic schoolgirl's coming of age movie - it's one for parents of around my age (50's) rather than the teen lead it features. In that role Saiorse Ronan deservedly nets another Oscar nomination (sadly for her she is up against the imperious Frances McDormand and therefore cannot win) in a performance that is as real and as raw as any you'll see this year.

But it's not just Ronan's performance that makes this the movie it is. It's the triangular relationship between her (a disillusioned small town girl from Sacramento who dreams of the creativity and urban rawness of East Coast New York) her driven, ambitious (for her daughter) and seemingly hard-hearted, unemotional mother (Laurie Metcalfe) and her long-suffering, delightful father (Tracy Letts).

How the three deal with one another and how those relationships play out are at the heart of a movie that touches the heart-strings many times.

Take a hankie.

It's not damning Greta Gerwig's directorial debut with faint praise by describing it as nice because it really is, in the finest tradition of the word, a truly nice cinematic experience. It has grit, humour and emotion, but the overwhelming take out is just how 'nice' it is.

The first act is hilarious in which 'Lady Bird', the given name (given to herself) of Christine, her best friend Julie and her first boyfriends enact small time life, love and prom-going.

The setting, in an all girls' Catholic High School, lends itself to much hilarity, with some excellently original rebellion. My favourite scene is where 'Lady Bird' and Julie scoff a tub of communion wafers whilst talking about sex. ("It's OK. They're not consecrated.")

Although the gradual sexual fulfilment that Lady Bird experiences is nothing new Ronan's performance keeps you interested, and when the consequences lead to confrontations and discussions between her and her parents - rarely acted out as a three hander because Mum and Dad lead separate (although still loving) lives - the movie reveals its depth.

It's the relationship between mother and daughter that is the real dramatic grit in thi particular oyster. Here Gerwig teases out brilliance by both actors and it's the result of this difficult 'ambitious-mom' tension that drives the movie.

As the film reaches its climax how that plays out is what results in the handkerchief moments and leaves you emotionally satisfied in a movie that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Reviewed by richarddillomes 8 / 10

Call me by my other name

The movie is about Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson, a senior who lives at the wrong side of the tracks as she says so herself, who wants to experience more than what life in Sacramento, California has to offer. She lives with her dysfunctional family, her brother Miguel (it wasn't really established but I think he's a foster kid) and his girlfriend Shelley; Larry, the depressed dad who's just happy to be anywhere and then there's the mom, Marion. I am telling you, if you want an idea what my mom is like, refer to her. I related to Lady Bird at least in that aspect, having someone constantly criticizing you and is always shouting at you even if you haven't done anything wrong. No wonder her father is depressed. Just kidding. But it's not all hate, they have mother and daughter moments like picking out a dress for prom which somehow makes up for all the craziness.

What I liked about the movie is it's fast paced so there never is a dull moment. I'm surprised when I read that the initial working material was worth 6hrs long but the movie only runs for 94 minutes. While it has its funny moments, (think the Royal Tenenbaums, Napoleon Dynamite) the rest either you've already seen somewhere before and some are inside jokes you will only get if you're American, or specifically from California. Saoirse Ronan was a delight to watch, as she was in 'Brooklyn' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'. She might not win an Oscar for this but she's certainly starting to make her mark in Hollywood.

Favorite quote: Don't you think maybe they are the same thing? Love and attention?

Reviewed by Kunal Mirchandani 8 / 10

A must-watch!

A disarmingly honest coming-of-age film about a young girl's fraught relationship with her mother. A must-watch film about those troubled teenage years... of angst and disappointment and expectations gone awry. I could see myself in a lot of the characters.

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