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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 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" McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) 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. This movie 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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Time to Fly. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Greta Gerwig has said that she 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 »

Goofs

As Lady Bird's mom drives away from the airport near the end of the film, her steering wheel has a black cover on it. In the next shot when she starts crying, it disappears. 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 »


Soundtracks

Slipstream Queen
Written by Tobias James
Performed by Tobias James
Courtesy of PP Music (UK)
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Gerwig makes a statement on the importance of finding your voice
23 June 2018 | by Mike_DevineSee all my reviews

Offbeat and off brand, Greta Gerwig's 2017 major studio directorial debut 'Lady Bird' is a tale of angst, stress and a strive for perfection and acceptance. The 2002-set film showcases Sacramento in all its glory - or perhaps, lack thereof - and puts Academy Award-nominee Saorise Ronan in the driver's seat to make an impact on audiences.

Think of it as a more mainstream, female 'Napoleon Dynamite,' the themes in 'Bird' are common ones that many young adults can identify with during the confusing, competitive high school years. At the center of the film is Ronan's title character (née, Christine), who stops at nothing to escape her hometown for the east coast while battling her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf). This rivalry dominates the entire film and helps us understand how one's environment growing up can have a major impact on their choices in life. Between jumping out of moving vehicles, disrupting assemblies at her Catholic high school and struggling with early love, Lady Bird stumbles her way through senior year in pursuit of being part of the "in crowd."

Of course, this premise offers Gerwig a lot to work with, and her signature dramedic, deadpan tone is a constant throughout 'Bird.' Everything from the way scenes are shot to the quirky music selection are dripping with proverbial eye rolls, and they all work. Sure, there are a few moments that could cause general audiences gasp, but most of them are done in a way that is not mean-spirited or in poor taste. Aside from Ronan's A+ performance, others in the supporting cast don't disappoint, from Lucas Hedges to Timothée Chalamet.

'Lady Bird' was not a monster hit, but it has the building blocks to become a cult classic for this generation, similar to the way 'Dynamite' did nearly 15 years ago, and sets up Gerwig and Ronan to become even bigger stars than they already are.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

1 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Sacramento, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$364,437, 5 November 2017

Gross USA:

$48,958,273

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$79,097,104
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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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