Director: Greta Gerwig
Running Time: 93 minutes
A coming-of-age story that somehow isn't riddled with cliches, Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird is seriously worth watching!
Saoirse Ronan stars as Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, a high school senior who could play rival Hailee Steinfeld’s Nadine in last year’s coming-of-age dramedy, The Edge of Seventeen. She’s a strong, independent woman and her personality is way too strong for her mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalfe), but she gets along fine with her laid-off father, Larry (Tracy Letts). Lady Bird, who insists on being referred to as such, is dead set on going to college in New York, much to her mom’s dismay. She doesn’t want to be in California any longer, least of all close to her parents.
Senior year comes and goes and Graduation Day arrives rather quickly. Best friend, Julie Steffans (Beanie Feldstein) drifts apart as Lady Bird finds the favor of Jenna Walton (Odeya Rush). A blooming romance with Danny O’Neill (Lucas Hedges) gets replaced by Kyle Scheible (Timothée Chalamet). Rather than focus on boys, it’s the relationship with her mother that really matters.
The film is unique and offers a lot of fun, even surprising, moments of any film or television series that takes on the adolescent years and that’s after last year’s aforementioned dramedy. The smartly-written screenplay has a lot of humor and floors audiences by offering the edgiest, jaw-dropping abortion joke in recent cinema history. Lady Bird will stay with you long after the credits roll, helping it to become one of the definitive coming-of-age movies of our time.
~~ Danielle Solzman, culturevultures.com