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Lady Bird

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2017
  • Greta Gerwig
  • 90 mins
  • 15

Summary

Comedy drama starring Saoirse Ronan. Teenager Christine pits herself against anything that limits her freedom, including her mother and the confines of school. Desperate to carve an identity, she names herself "Lady Bird" and joins a theatre club.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

"I have to get out of Sacramento," groans capricious teen Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), who goes by the flamboyant moniker "Lady Bird", much to the chagrin of her mother (Laurie Metcalf). Infused with the rosy glow of nostalgia, writer/director Greta Gerwig muses on her birthplace and teenage temperament in a coming-of-age comedy that scampers through its protagonist's final year at high school. "Lady Bird" is a girl with big dreams and so-so talents but no shortage of ideas or enthusiasm. Romances play out with more than a hint of farce, yet at this nimbly directed film's core is a fractious but loving mother-daughter relationship whose ability to swing from tenderness to vitriol is enough to give you whiplash. Ronan and Metcalf inhabit these flawed characters so beautifully that you'll weep for every botched attempt at bonding and reconciliation, but leave the cinema hopeful that their love will ultimately withstand the blows. Scripted with a deft balance of laudable wit and authentic angst, this is a colourful and largely convention-defying portrait of an endearing eccentric, who - despite her protestations - holds her home town dearer than she realises.

Credits

Cast

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Christine McPherson, "Lady Bird"Saoirse Ronan
Marion McPhersonLaurie Metcalf
Larry McPhersonTracy Letts
Danny O'NeillLucas Hedges
Kyle ScheibleTimothée Chalamet
Julie SteffansBeanie Feldstein
Sister Sarah JoanLois Smith
Jenna WaltonOdeya Rush
Mr BrunoJake McDorman
Diana GreenwayLaura Marano
MiguelJordan Rodrigues

Crew

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DirectorGreta Gerwig

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2018-02-16
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
swearing, nudity
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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