Lady Bird is a 2017 American coming-of-age comedy-drama film written and directed by Greta Gerwig in her solo directorial debut.
The cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts,
Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith.
Set in Sacramento, California, between the fall of 2002
and the summer of 2003, it is a coming-of-age story of a high school senior and her strained relationship with her mother.
The film premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on September 1, 2017, and was released in the United States on November 3, 2017, by A24.
It received critical acclaim for Gerwig’s screenplay
and direction, and the performances of Ronan and Metcalf.
It was considered by many critics as one of the best films of 2017 and one of the best films of the 2010s.
Lady Bird was chosen by the National Board of Review,
the American Film Institute, and Time magazine as one of the ten best films of the year.
At the 90th Academy Awards, it earned five nominations:
Best Picture, Best Actress (for Ronan), Best Supporting
Actress (for Metcalf), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Director.
At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, the film won two
awards—Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
and Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy (for Ronan)
—and was nominated for two others.
It was also nominated for three British Academy Film Awards.
In 2002, Christine McPherson is a senior at a Catholic high school[a] in Sacramento, California.
She gives herself the name and longs to attend a prestigious college in “a city with culture” somewhere on the east coast, despite her family’s financial struggles. Her mother, Marion, often tells her that she is ungrateful for what she has.
and her best friend, Julie, join their school theater program,
where Lady Bird develops a crush on classmate Danny O’Neill.
This grows into a romantic relationship, and Lady Bird disappoints Marion by spending her last Thanksgiving before graduation with Danny’s wealthy family instead of her own.
After the opening night of “Merrily We Roll Along”, their relationship ends when Lady Bird and Julie discover Danny kissing another boy in a bathroom stall.
At the behest of Marion, takes a job at a coffee shop; there, she meets Kyle (a student at the boys’ school), and they begin dating.
abandons Julie and ditches tryouts for the new play to bond with Jenna Walton, a popular girl, and they vandalize a nun’s car.
As grows closer to Kyle and Jenna, she gradually deserts Julie, and she drops out of the theater program.
She confronts Danny, but consoles him after he begins
sobbing and expresses his struggle in coming out, and they become friends again.
At a house party, while kissing, Kyle tells that he has never had sex;
he denies having said this when she later loses her
virginity to him, which upsets her, and she cries in her mom’s arms afterward.
When is suspended from school for speaking up at a pro-life assembly, Jenna tries to visit her at home but discovers had claimed Danny’s grandmother’s house as hers in order to impress her.
admits to the lie, and Jenna agrees to forgive her because of their mutual friendship with Kyle.
learns that her father, Larry, has lost his job and has been battling depression for years.
She applies to East Coast colleges, despite Marion’s insistence
that the family cannot afford the fees, with the help of her father,
who fills out her financial aid applications without Marion knowing.
accepted into UC Davis but is upset because she feels it is too close to home.
Learning she is on the waitlist for New York University (NYU),
she does not share the news with her mother, fearing her response.
sets out for her prom with Kyle, Jenna, and Jenna’s boyfriend Jonah, but the other three decide to go to a house party instead.
originally agrees, then changes her mind and speaks up, saying she actually does want to go to prom.
asks them to drop her off at Julie’s apartment, where the two rekindle their friendship and go to the prom together.