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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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Greta Gerwig

Writer:

Greta Gerwig
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saoirse Ronan ... Lady Bird McPherson
Laurie Metcalf ... Marion McPherson
Tracy Letts ... Larry McPherson
Lucas Hedges ... Danny O'Neill
Timothée Chalamet ... Kyle Scheible
Beanie Feldstein ... Julie Steffans
Lois Smith ... Sister Sarah Joan
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Father Leviatch
Odeya Rush ... Jenna Walton
Jordan Rodrigues ... Miguel McPherson
Marielle Scott ... Shelly Yuhan
John Karna ... Greg Anrue
Jake McDorman ... Mr. Bruno
Bayne Gibby ... Casey Kelly
Laura Marano ... 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Fly away home. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Bird See more »

Filming Locations:

Sacramento, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$364,437, 5 November 2017

Gross USA:

$48,958,273

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,965,611
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie features the song "As We Go Along" by The Monkees, which was recorded for their 1968 cult classic "Head." Written by Carole King and Toni Stern, it was recorded in Hollywood at Wally Heider's on May 30 and Original Sound on August 1, 1968. Micky Dolenz sang the lead vocal and regularly performed the song as he continued to tour. Neil Young is also featured on the song playing lead guitar. See more »

Goofs

When Lady Bird first meets Kyle he is sitting on a car with a license plate that starts with a 6. A 6 was not used as a first letter on California license plates until 2007. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: [while doing house chores] Do you think I look like I'm from Sacramento?
Marion McPherson: You are from Sacramento.
Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: You don't have to do that.
Marion McPherson: Well it's nice to make things neat and clean. You ready to go home?
Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: Ready.
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Crazy Credits

SHOWN AT THE BEGINNING: "Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento." -Joan Didion See more »

Alternate Versions

In India, the film was released in two separate versions; one classified at A while the other classified at U/A. The A-rated version of the film is for the most part identical to the original uncut version of the film however with anti-smoking advertisements placed at the beginning and middle of the film and stronger language ('c**t', 'dick', 'penis' and 'tits') being muted on all occasions. The U/A version of the film was later released with heavier reductions made. Along with the original changes made for the A rating the distributor also removed and muted out dialogue deemed to strong for the U/A rating (references to sperm, virginity, a scene in which a woman tells someone to 'suck a dick' and school girls discussing sex in a classroom were all either muted or removed). The sex scene between Kyle and Lady Bird was removed along with sight of a woman underwater in swimming gear; two shots of kissing were also removed. This edited version of the film (which runs around seven minutes shorter) was then re-released in India later with a U/A rating. See more »

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Soundtracks

Hey It's Love
Written by Dan Henderson
Performed by The Commands
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Greta Gerwig's wonderful debut is one of the finer coming of age tales of recent years.
13 April 2018 | by rustonreviewsSee all my reviews

Sacramento, California, 2002. Seventeen-year-old Christine (Ronan), who prefers the artistic yet slightly pretentious 'Lady Bird' as her official title, is desperate to get away from home. Dreaming of leaving her mundane life and financially troubled family behind in favour of a 'city with culture', Christine fails to appreciate everything she already has right in front of her. Navigating her way through relationships, her turbulent relationship with her mother (Metcalf) and her school theatre program, Christine goes through all the trials and tribulations every young person endures throughout their late teens, discovering her true self along the way.

Greta Gerwig makes a truly remarkable directorial debut here, working from her own excellent screenplay to craft an engaging coming of age story. Lady Birds strongest factor is without a doubt the terrific performances. Front and centre of the film is Ronan, who is superb as always. Portraying the aggravations and heartache of the titular character, Ronan presents us with someone painfully relatable, allowing us to fully invest in her journey. What works best in the film is the strenuous relationship with Christine and her mother, in which they are frequently clashing. Gerwig's dialogue is written in a way that is raw and human, and there isn't a single line that fails to resonate. Arguments aside, the bond between mother and daughter is one Gerwig reigns focus on the most. It is this bond that cleverly opens and closes the film, and by it's end, we feel like we know these characters intimately.

Lady Bird is an impressive debut for Gerwig and another home run for Ronan. I'm glad to see low budget, indie films like this get recognition at awards shows, but in the end, it's not the awards that matter. Focused and sharply written, this is one of the finer coming of age tales in recent years, which will hopefully lead to further films with Gerwig behind the camera.


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