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Lady Bird (2017)

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In the early 2000s, an artistically-inclined seventeen year-old comes of age in Sacramento, California.

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Another Young Lady
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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

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

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15 February 2018 (Australia)  »

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Lady Bird: É Hora de Voar  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$364,437, 5 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,869,389, 14 December 2017
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The fact that Christine (Saoirse Ronan) and best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein) wore the same color nail varnish, was pure coincidence. And since there was a considerable degree of improvisational latitude allowed for character development on-set, a decision was made to have them wear the same varnish for the entire film. See more »

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When they were shopping at the (Sacramento) Thrift Town, the metal hangars on the racks that are shown, were not used back then, they have only been used in the last three years or so. Also the 'sale' signs with 30% and 50% off on the dressing room doors, have only been recent in the last few years. Back in 2003 there were not signs like that. See more »

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Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: People go by the names their parents give them, but they don't believe in God.
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SHOWN AT THE BEGINNING: "Anyone who talks about California hedonism have never spent a Christmas in Sacramento." - Joan Didion See more »

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An optimistic coming of age tale.
3 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

"Lady Bird" is a character piece focused on a California high school senior and her coming of age leading up to college. With strong influences from "Rushmore," (seemingly) this comedic and memorable drama is a standout for actress Saoirse Ronan and director Greta Gerwig and as one of the best films of the year.

The film's brilliant balance of genuine emotional drama and laugh-out-loud humor is astonishingly smooth. This is easily one of the year's best written films with strong structure throughout. Practically everything in the writing works to the quirky dialogue, realistic back and forth between characters, and our heroin's progression and change throughout the story. Most will find the screenplay refreshingly original minus a few jokes that don't land well with the characters themselves and therefore, the audience.

This is also an incredibly well acted film with standout performances from Saoirse Ronan, Lucas Hedges, and especially Laurie Metcalf. The magic behind their performances it that it feels like it's not a performance at all. Diving into realistic and genuine human emotions bring out the most humanistic side to these characters and each one goes above and beyond what was required of them.

If there are any negatives to dish out, the surprising lack of external conflict could've hurt the story slightly in my opinion. Being more of a character study, "Lady Bird" focuses on the heroin's journey internally but if more external conflict was available to possibly push her further to grow even more, this could've strengthened the already good payoff for the character's climax. Sacrificing these plot devices for realism is a bold move and does have its upsides, but in the case of "Lady Bird," it felt like some unused potential.

Really this is a highly recommended film with lots to love about it. It's witty, funny, and compelling to watch from start to finish. Anyone could find something to thoroughly enjoy in this film, whether they're film buffs or casual moviegoers looking for a fun time. "Lady Bird" fortunately, has both.


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