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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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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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$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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Greta Gerwig has said that she herself was the polar opposite of her lead character "Lady Bird" when she was growing up. She was strait-laced and not at all rebellious. See more »

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When Lady Bird and Danny are walking towards his house on the Fab Forties street, there is a car in the background shot that has the license plate number '6'. Since the film takes place in 2002, it would be impossible for a car back then to have the license plate number '6' since California started using 6 as a license plate number in 2007. See more »

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Marion McPherson: If you're tired, we can sit down.
Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: I'm not tired.
Marion McPherson: Oh, okay. I just couldn't tell because you were dragging your feet.
Marion McPherson: [Lady Bird rolls her eyes] Well, I just couldn't tell.
Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: Why didn't you just say "pick up your feet"?
Marion McPherson: I didn't know if you were tired.
Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: You're being passive aggressive.
Marion McPherson: No, I wasn't.
Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: You are SO INFURIATING!
Marion McPherson: Please stop yelling.
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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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Featured in The Month in Movies: February 2018 (2018) See more »

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Overture
From the Musical Merrily We Roll Along
Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Performed by The Original Broadway Cast and Orchestra
Courtesy of Sony Masterworks
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Interesting and unconventional coming of age story
3 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

Lady Bird has got to be one of the most interesting and unconventional coming of age stories, it is a story of rebellion, the search for self identity and love. While common conventions in teenage dramas and coming of age tales, Lady bird does so in a smart and interesting way that results in a film both amusing and heartwarming.

The film features the themes of self identity in the character of Lady Bird, portrayed wonderfully by Saoirse Ronan. From the get-go we see her as a character who hates the place she lives, Sacramento and imagines herself in a different life somewhere more 'cultured like New York'. It's that sense of furthering herself and finding who she is that drives the actions of the character throughout the film. Saoirse Ronan portrays Lady bird in a fearless, fierce and even 'badass' way that really adds the heart and layer to the film when eventually that person almost dissolves and we understand the character on a deeper level.

Of course, this is also a film about love and more specifically the concept that love is attention. The core relationship between lady bird and her mother Marion played by Laurie Metcalf is the central love story of Lady bird. The attention and care that they give to each other that may seem toxic from an outsider's perspective versus the authenticity of the love and care that we as audiences also witness through the characters' own perspective. The small moments where no words are spoken yet they understand the needs of each other, such subtle details make this concept work and allows for the audience to really resonate with the authenticity of the film's portrayal of love between mother and daughter.

Overall, Lady bird was a very interesting exploration of the genre and a discussion about the teenage years as the years of exploration, experimentation and the search for self identity. But also the message that regardless of what happens there is always the anchor in the form of your home/families that was beautifully established here via the relationship of lady bird and Marion.


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