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Lady Bird (2017)

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In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lady Bird McPherson
... Marion McPherson
... Larry McPherson
... Danny O'Neill
... Kyle Scheible
... Julie Steffans
... Sister Sarah Joan
... Father Leviatch (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
... Jenna Walton
... Miguel McPherson
... Shelly Yuhan
... Greg Anrue
... Mr. Bruno
... Casey Kelly
... Diana Greenway
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Storyline

Christine "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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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$364,437, 5 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,958,273, 5 April 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,758,273, 5 April 2018
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Trivia

Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig first met each other at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015 when Ronan was promoting Brooklyn (2015) and Gerwig was promoting Maggie's Plan (2015). Ronan had already read Gerwig's script and instantly connected with the titular character, so when both women discussed the script at length in Ronan's hotel room and she read the key part aloud, Gerwig knew that she had found her "Lady Bird." 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 »

Quotes

Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: Are you and Mom gonna get a divorce over this?
Larry McPherson: No. We can't afford to.
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SHOWN AT THE BEGINNING: "Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento." -Joan Didion See more »

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Nothing I'd Rather Be
Written by Ellis Clarance Taylor Sr., Marva Whitney (as Marva Ann Whitney)
Performed by Marva Whitney (as Marva W. Taylor)
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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A heartwarming movie that will touch any good parents of teenage children.
18 February 2018 | by See all my reviews

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.

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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.


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