This is a review of the 2017 film, not the previous one. The Ladybird, a 1927 film, can be found here (film).
Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, Lady Bird, is a 2017 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film. It tells the narrative of a high school senior and her poor relationship with her mother during the fall of 2002 and fall of 2003 in Sacramento, California.
Actresses Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, and Lucas Hedges also appear in the film as supporting cast members, as well as Saoirse Ronan in the title role.
As of Nov. 3, 2017, A24 had a theatrical distribution of the film in the United States, which premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2017. With Ronan and Metcalf’s performances and Gerwig’s direction, it was a critical success.
Many critics regarded it as one of the best films of 2017 as well as one of the best films of the decade the ’10. One of the top ten films of the year according to the National Board of Review, the American Film Institute, and Time magazine is Lady Bird (2019).
For Best Picture, Ronan received a nod for her performance, while Metcalf received a nod for her performance as a supporting actress. Both Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy) and Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) (for Saoirse Ronan) were given to the film at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. It was also up for three British Academy Film Award nominations.
She is currently a senior in Sacramento, California, at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic high school. Despite her family’s financial difficulties, she calls herself “Lady Bird” and dreams of attending a prominent institution in “a city with culture” on the East Coast.
Her mother, Marion, frequently reminds her of her lack of gratitude for the things she has. As part of their high school’s drama program, Lady Bird and best friend Julie “Julie” Steffans meet Daniel “Danny” O’Neill, who attends Xavier High School, the boys’ school.
Eventually, they develop feelings for one another, and Lady Bird disappoints Marion by going to Danny’s wealthy family for Thanksgiving instead of her own. When Lady Bird and Julie discover Danny kissing another boy in a bathroom stall after the premiere of Merrily We Roll Along, their relationship comes to an end.
While working as an employee of the coffee shop, Lady Bird meets Kyle, an attractive student at the boys’ school. They begin to date when Marion tells Lady Bird too. Lady Bird neglects Julie and the new play’s auditions in favor of spending time with popular Jenna Walton, with whom she damages a nun’s car.
In fact, “the Deuce,” the hippest spot in town, is just a parking lot. After becoming closer to Kyle and Jenna, Lady Bird progressively loses interest in the theatrical program. Danny confides in Lady Bird that he’s afraid to come out, and the two become reacquainted.
Kyle and Lady Bird exchange a kiss at a house party, and as a result of this, Kyle declares that he is a virgin. Lady Bird subsequently confesses to him that he was the one who had intercourse with her before she lost her virginity to him.
Lady Bird is outraged by this and goes to her mother for help. To please Danny’s grandma, Lady Bird claimed Danny’s grandmother’s house as her own when she was suspended from school for speaking up at a pro-life assembly.
Even though Lady Bird and Jenna’s relationship is strained and distant as a result of her lying, Jenna forgives her because of their shared bond with Kyle. When Lady Bird discovers that Larry, her father, has been unemployed and depressed for years, she is devastated.
With the help of her father’s financial aid applications, she applies to East Coast institutions despite Marion’s conviction that the family cannot afford the costs. Even though Lady Bird has been accepted to UC Davis, she is dismayed by the fact that it is so close to her home.
She refuses to tell her mother that she is on the waitlist for a university in New York City because she is afraid of her reaction. Kyle, Jenna, and Jenna’s boyfriend Jonah were supposed to accompany Lady Bird to her prom, but all four instead went to a house party.
Lady Bird initially agrees, but then changes her mind and speaks out, stating that she wants to attend the school’s prom. After they leave her off at Julie’s place, Lady Bird begs them to go to the prom together.
Lady Bird’s mother, Marion, refuses to speak to her daughter for the rest of the summer after Danny mistakenly reveals Lady Bird’s queue position. For her 18th birthday, Lady Bird buys a pack of smokes, a scratch-off ticket, and an issue of Playgirl from her father, who also gives her a cupcake.
Lady Bird receives word that she has been accepted to the New York school of her choice and that she will be able to pay her way there with the help of financial aid and her father. Marion is taken to the airport by her parents, but she refuses to step inside to say goodbye. She’s going to miss them.
When she returns to the airport, she discovers Lady Bird has already gone through security, and she drives back in tears. Lady Bird “will come back,” her husband comforts her, as she weeps in his arms.
Letters written and then destroyed by Lady Bird’s mother are found in her suitcase when she arrives in New York. Her father, however, has surreptitiously gathered and passed them forward. After having too much to drink at a party, she starts using her real name again and ends up in the hospital.
She attends a Presbyterian church service after leaving the hospital and is overcome with emotion. She apologizes profusely to her mother over the phone and thanks her for all she has done for her.
●Saoirse Ronan as Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson
●Laurie Metcalf as Marion MacPherson
●Tracy Letts as Larry MacPherson*Lucas Hedges as Daniel “Danny” O’Neill
Timothée Chalamet as Kyle Scheible
●Beanie Feldstein as Julianne “Julie” Steffans
●Lois Smith as Sister Sarah Joan
●Stephen McKinley Henderson as Father Levitch
●Odeya Rush as Jenna Walton
●Jordan Rodrigues as Miguel MacPherson
●Marielle Scott as Shelly Yuan
●Jake McDorman as Mr. Bruno
●John Karna as Greg Anrue
●Bayne Gibby as Casey Kelly
●Laura Marano as Diana Greenway
●Andy Buckley as Matt
●Kathryn Newton as Darlene Bell
A24 purchased worldwide distribution rights to the picture in July 2017. At the Telluride Film Festival on September 1st, it had its international premiere; on September 8th, it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival; on October 8th, it showed at the New York Film Festival. The film’s rights were acquired by Universal Pictures for foreign distribution. It was released in theatres on November 3, 2017, on February 16, 2018, and February 23, 2018, in the UK and Ireland, respectively.
Frequently Asked Question
What Is the Message of the Movie Lady Bird?
This film takes “Lady Bird” through adolescent narcissism and evolves that into gratitude and thankfulness. It takes perils of friendship blurred by a need to be accepted by those she deems popular and pits her through honest mistakes of romances, and festering tensions in her home life, (mainly her mother and brother).
Is Lady Bird Based on a True Story?
The character Lady Bird is drawn to New York, not despite the bombings, but possibly because she’s drawn to excitement (naively). The story is not autobiographical, but Sacramento was chosen because Gerwig knows this area so well, having grown up here and attending a Catholic girls’ school.
Lady Bird is a 2017 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig in her solo directorial debut. Set in Sacramento, California from fall 2002 to fall 2003, it is a story of a high school senior and her strained relationship with her mother. The film stars Saoirse Ronan in the title role with Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith in supporting roles.