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  • James Rutherford

'Lady Bird': Greta Girwig's Unique and Emotionally Resonant Comedy-Drama


Movie poster for the film Lady Bird starring Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf

"Lady Bird" is actress Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical depiction of her own teenage years in Sacramento, CA, spotlighting that heightened period of maturation during the transition from high school onward toward college.


Self-nicknamed “Lady Bird”, young Christine (Saoirse Ronan) bristles under the heavy-handed guidance of her mother (Laurie Metcalf) while performing in her school theater program, chasing boys, shifting allegiances and yearning for escape to an idealized East Coast university environment. As a refreshingly real coming-of-age story, “Lady Bird” captures many touching and amusing moments of adolescent angst and family discord, highlighted by both Ronan and Metcalf’s wonderfully authentic performances as a mother and daughter constantly at odds with one another.


Gerwig brings a unique voice to the teen comedy-drama genre, delivering a crisp, enjoyable and emotionally resonant story of personal evolution and the daunting reality of looming adulthood. A major filmmaking debut for an already-established actress, indicating an exciting career ahead on both sides of the camera.

 

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