Lady Bird

Coming of Age -
Girlhood -
High School
The charming and witty Lady Bird is dying to get out of here
Director
Greta Gerwig
Screenwriter
Greta Gerwig
Cast
Saoirse Ronan,
Laurie Metcalf,
Beanie Feldstein,
Tracy Letts
Rating
R
Run time
93
Studio
Scott Rudin Productions,
Management 360,
IAC Films,
A24
Publication Date
Nov 04, 2017
Awards
Nominated Audience Favorite Silver Award – Mill Valley Film Festiva (2017)

I generally don’t like high school movies. I think I’m the only one I know who doesn’t like The Breakfast Club. I hated high school, so returning to it through a movie is usually not nostalgic for me at all, but just reminds me of a life that I’m glad is over.

But there are notable exceptions. Lady Bird is now one of them.

The movie takes us through Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson’s senior year of high school in 2002, as she prepares for college, contemplates sex, gets herself into various shenanigans, and experiences some serious senioritis. Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, The Grand Budapest Hotel) is fantastic and makes us love 17-year-old “Lady Bird,” as her character insists on being called.

Lady Bird is at once unique and familiar, charming and incorrigible. She attends Immaculate Heart High School in Sacramento, California, and doesn’t love it (for now). In between classes, chapel services, and working at a coffee shop, she longs for New York City, and expresses nothing but disdain for her home town.

Lady Bird doesn’t just long for New York, she acts as if she’s already been cultured by the city life. “You haven’t even been to New York,” her friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein, Neighbors 2, Fan Girl) has to remind her. Lady Bird is humorously pretentious, and yet quite genuine. As a Brooklyn resident, I can tell she belongs in the city.

About the Contributor

Jack Holloway studies Karl Barth and Marxist Theory at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. While he spends most of his time engaging heady texts for his thesis, he likes to read across genres, and he is a movie-lover, with a particular affinity for old, indie, and foreign films. Beyond movies and books, you could talk to Jack about the year’s best music, different kinds of beer, or even baking!