Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father's research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.
Pakistan-born comedian Kumail Nanjiani and grad student Emily Gardner fall in love but struggle as their cultures clash. When Emily contracts a mysterious illness, Kumail finds himself forced to face her feisty parents, his family's expectations, and his true feelings.
Double crosses, adultery, murder, mistaken identity, and revenge ensue when a mysterious power player and his sultry wife hire a disgraced Los Angeles property broker to discreetly market and sell their Malibu villa.
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
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 »
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 »
"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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