"As a teenage girl, you think: 'Well, where am I in those people?" I never made anyone call me by a different name. Yet I had no such similar experience in 2017.
This amusing, crowd-pleasing, beautifully drawn portrait of young girlhood recently became one of the best-reviewed films in the history of Rotten Tomatoes.
"Because [Lady Bird] was one part of Sacramento".
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Instead of comparing Lady Bird to other Oscar nominees or speculating on its chances, I'll end by recommending a film from previous year it reminded me of. Lady Bird tries to play it cool by spitting out clichés like, "You come here often?" while at the grocery store and awkwardly tapping on the shoulder to get his attention on the first date. Like most seniors, she's had it with her school, with her parents, with her town and possibly even with her best friend. Despite this, Hope said, she has found in her studies that, on average, the mother-daughter bond is the strongest, followed by mother-son and father-son.
Part of the odd magic of "Lady Bird" is that Gerwig's screenplay isn't afraid to make the eponymous protagonist unlikable. Moments later, they are in a full-out argument about college and Lady Bird's intelligence. Yet another nomination has been reserved for the great Laurie Metcalfe in the Best Supporting role as Lady Bird's complex, warm hearted, hypercritical mother Marion McPherson. "I felt like it was a love letter to Sacramento, and I felt like, what better way to make a love letter than through somebody who wants to get out, and then realizes that they loved it?" That film earned three nominations, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actress for Ronan. Smaller characters are also beautifully observed - especially Stephen Henderson as Fr Leviatch and Lucas Hedges as her nearly first boyfriend. A month into the production of the film, they began dating. Henderson, for example, probably has no more than five minutes of screen time as the school's drama instructor, yet his character remains one of the most memorable in the entire film. When Natalie Portman introduced the Best Director category at the Golden Globes by saying "Here are the all-male nominees", the message was clear: in the post #MeToo landscape, talented female directors were no longer going to be denied a seat at the table. The bickering between Lady Bird and Marion isn't engaging because of any extraordinary factor, but rather the opposite; it is an ordinary yet nuanced illustration of every argument that has ever happened between a mother and her child. Their sparring cuts through the routines of heartache and reconciliation that are supposed to indicate Lady Bird's growth as a person but are too gentle and politically correct to have much of an impact. She also channels some of Gerwig's sensibility as an actor - but don't mistake the character for the director. Sometimes its rambling, unstructured narrative further evokes a sense of realism, and sometimes it hurts the film's cohesion, particularly during the final minutes. By the end of the movie, you realise it was a unidimensional character development.
Lady Bird is amusing and poignant for all the right reasons.