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Lady Bird (2017)

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In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

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Greta Gerwig

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Saoirse Ronan ... Lady Bird McPherson
Laurie Metcalf ... Marion McPherson
Tracy Letts ... Larry McPherson
Lucas Hedges ... Danny O'Neill
Timothée Chalamet ... Kyle Scheible
Beanie Feldstein ... Julie Steffans
Lois Smith ... Sister Sarah Joan
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Father Leviatch
Odeya Rush ... Jenna Walton
Jordan Rodrigues ... Miguel McPherson
Marielle Scott ... Shelly Yuhan
John Karna ... Greg Anrue
Jake McDorman ... Mr. Bruno
Bayne Gibby ... Casey Kelly
Laura Marano ... Diana Greenway
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Storyline

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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Fly away home. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Bird See more »

Filming Locations:

Sacramento, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$364,437, 5 November 2017

Gross USA:

$48,958,273

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$78,965,611
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lucas Hedges and Stephen McKinley Henderson previously appeared in Manchester by the Sea (2016). See more »

Goofs

When Lady Bird's flight is taking off, the new Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport can be seen in the background. That terminal opened in 2011; the scene takes place in 2003. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: [while doing house chores] Do you think I look like I'm from Sacramento?
Marion McPherson: You are from Sacramento.
Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: You don't have to do that.
Marion McPherson: Well it's nice to make things neat and clean. You ready to go home?
Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: Ready.
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SHOWN AT THE BEGINNING: "Anybody who talks about California hedonism has never spent a Christmas in Sacramento." -Joan Didion See more »

Alternate Versions

The Australian release was censored, after the original uncut version of the film was passed MA15+ uncut the distributor chose to remove use of the strongest language ('c**t') as well as a brief sexual image from a pornographic novel in order to obtain an M rating. This edited version was then released into theaters throughout Australia. See more »

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References L'Enfance Nue (1968) See more »

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Make Me a Channel of Your Peace (Prayer of Saint Francis)
Written by Sebastian Temple
Performed by Beanie Feldstein
Courtesy of Oregon Catholic Press
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A teen's life, in all its annoying realism
5 March 2018 | by SemisonicSee all my reviews

Fighting with your parents over your freedom to decide for yourself, struggling with financial difficulties, trying so hard to impress others to actually feel like people care about you and pay attention, doing the stupidest things out of fear of being rejected otherwise.

These things, and a million of other ones, are what an almost grown up human being's life is about. Well, maybe not everywhere and not for everyone, but most of us could surely relate to what Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson goes through. What Saoirse Ronan did to her character is no small feat. With her porcelain doll beauty and those pale blue eyes, she goes out of her typical closed and emotionally restrained character and becomes someone who yells and screams and laughs and cries and breaks things on screen, making Lady Bird so intense that it's unbearable at some points.

Making the character of Lady Bird so intense and hard to handle is probably both the film's best feature and its most serious flaw. In all the multitude of coming-of-age movies, the kid characters are mostly childish and they do dumb things often - but then some uncanny wisdom comes upon them and they grow up in our eyes and suddenly become reasonable and - let's be honest about this - tolerable at last. Lady Bird takes a slightly different road of dropping that sugarcoating and leaving Christine what she is - conflicted, hysterical, inconsistent and, damn, annoying! Just like the character of Christine's mother struggles to write her a letter and to choose words that would both be kind and ring true, so does the audience have a hard time accepting Lady Bird's edgy self. I certainly found it hard to do.

It's curious why we people love the coming-of-age stories. The kids watch them to see that someone does understand and does care about who they are, to see someone else who'd tell them that they are not alone. And we adults watch them to seek hope that those chaotic and erratic creatures we once gave birth to are indeed our kin and that sometime soon you'd get on the same page and would be able to actually talk to each other like responsible people.

In terms of promising the older generations a magical realm in which their progeny will be delivered to their hands all mature and stuff, Lady Bird isn't too reassuring. Nor does it promise us that kids secretly understand everything and it's just a lack of communication - because it's just not true. But there's one thing about this story that redeems all the facepalm moments you experience watching those kids do their kid stuff. That, just like the kids are not alone in their struggle, so aren't their parents. So there's no reason to blame the world on yourself and drown yourself in guilt and anger begotten by it - 'cause you're no more guilty than the other guy.

So, if you have a bird you love - just set it free, and if it loves you back, it will return some day and somehow.


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