Nominated for 5 Academy Awards: Best Picture, Actress, Supporting Actress, Director, Original Screenplay
Winner of 2 Golden Globes: Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy, Best Musical/Comedy
In Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan, BROOKLYN) — affectionately known and self-proclaimed as Lady Bird — is an ambitious,rebellious, and precocious Catholic high school senior who longs to break free of suburban Sacramento, dreaming of a different life full of east coast skyscrapers, Ivy League universities, and cosmopolitan culture.
Though it may sound ho hum, NY Times A.O.Scott’s rave NYTimes’ review suggests otherwise: “Incredibly personal and immensely relatable, Lady Bird is sure to be one of the defining coming-of-age films of its generation… I wish I could convey to you just how thrilling this movie is. I wish I could quote all of the jokes and recount the best offbeat bits.”
With modest grades and no alumni connections to speak of, Lady Bird joins the drama club to beef up her college applications. This leads to new friends (sometimes at the expense of old ones), first loves, and a social life in full swing. Dealing with her critical mother and succeeding at math do not come as easily. With her dad recently laid off, her mom working double shifts as a nurse, and her brother and his girlfriend — Berkeley grads — working at the supermarket, she is keenly aware that post–high school life is no walk in the park. Old enough to appreciate what she has, but not always mature enough to show it, sometimes she just wants to go shopping for her prom dress rather than doing any chores.Navigating the awkward space between adolescence and adulthood, Lady Bird, splendidly brought to life by Ronan, is a character to whom we can all relate.
(US / 2017 / Directed by Greta Gerwig)
R / 1 hr 33 mins.