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.
When something makes its way to a dazzling 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes in an overtaking of Toy Story 2 as the best reviewed movie for that site, it must be pretty amazing. A few months later, it still holds an impressive 99% score.
Greta Gerwig steps behind the camera in her solo-directorial debut with some fantastic writing, bringing together what has become an award winner at the Golden Globes and now sitting on an Oscar nomination. As much as there is strong competition this coming March, this brilliant coming of age film has as much potential to crown the Best Picture award.
Stepping into the shoes of Christine who prefers to be called by her “given name” Lady Bird, Saoirse (pronounced Sur-Sha) Ronan has perfectly taken on her portrayal of the young and dumb faults that so many of us bear in our youth. While we’d like to think we weren’t all that bad in our teenage years, most of us probably were in some way with Ronan being the spitting image of it all. All of that aside, she reminds us that even the most extreme and difficult teens can outweigh it with their many lovable qualities.
With Ronan being the bratty charm of this film, it’s Laurie Metcalf who’s heart of gold gives the story its much deserved warmth. In the role of a struggling mother to “Lady Bird”, you won’t be able to help but sympathise. She is simply kind and loving which always makes for an interesting play with Ronan.
Lady Bird is a brutally honest portrayal of struggles in teenage development through both a sensational and heartbreaking roller coaster of events with so many laughs along the way.
Releases: 15th February 2018
Rating: R13 - Contains Drug use, sex scenes & offensive language
Duration: 94 minutes
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Odeya Rush, Kathryn Newton
Director: Greta Gerwig (Debut)
Saoirse Ronan and Greta Gerwig first met each other at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015 when Ronan was promoting Brooklyn (2015) and Gerwig was promoting Maggie's Plan (2015). Ronan had already read Gerwig's script and instantly connected with the titular character, so when both women discussed the script at length in Ronan's hotel room and she read the key part aloud, Gerwig knew that she had found her "Lady Bird."
The film is Greta Gerwig's solo feature directorial debut.
According to director Greta Gerwig, the first draft of her script was 350 pages long, which would equate to a movie nearly six hours long.
Director Greta Gerwig suggested to Saoirse Ronan not cover up her acne for the film.
This was the highest-grossing film of the production company A24, as of December 2017.
Director Greta Gerwig said in an interview that she would have preferred the film to be "just close-ups of Saoirse Ronan's face" because of her immense beauty.
Noah Baumbach offered to direct the movie but Greta Gerwig refused. Gerwig had written a script and when she showed an early version to Baumbach, he offered to direct it. He also asked if he could help her finish writing it. Gerwig said he "wanted to absorb it." She thought about it for two weeks and then declined, having decided to direct it herself.
Lady Bird (2017) temporarily broke the record held by Toy Story 2 (1999) (163 reviews, all "fresh") of the best-reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes, with 196 "fresh" reviews in a row. However, it ended up getting its first "rotten" review after counting 197, therefore no longer holding a perfect score. It maintains a 100% rating for Top Critics.
The lead character is named Christine after director Greta Gerwig's mother, Christine Gerwig. In addition, the mother in the film, Marion (played by Laurie Metcalf), is a nurse, just as Christine is in real life.