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Lady Bird

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7.41 h 34 min2017X-Ray15
Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, this funny and moving coming-of-age tale follows Lady Bird as she experiences the highs and lows of burgeoning adulthood, all while navigating her tumultuous bond with her mother.
Directors
Greta Gerwig
Starring
Saoirse RonanLaurie MetcalfTracy Letts
Genres
DramaComedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Lucas HedgesTimothée ChalametBeanie FeldsteinStephen McKinley Henderson
Producers
Scott RudinEli BushEvelyn O'Neill
Studio
Focus Features
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Smokingalcohol usefoul languagesexual contentviolence
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4.3 out of 5 stars

2461 global ratings

  1. 62% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 20% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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M. JohnReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 August 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie, great lead actress
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Saoirse Ronan is, in my opinion, the best actress at work today. Watching her in her early films like Atonement and The Lovely Bones it was clear a star was in the making and she continues to be very watchable and believable. She is one of those rare actors that make you forget you're watching Saoirse but her fully fleshed out character. Lady Bird is a perfect vehicle for Saoirse, the script handling the typical mother daughter relationship with a deft touch. There is a scene where they're at a thrift store ( chartity shop for UK readers ) and they are on the brink of a full blown arguement when a dress on the rack distracts them both and they revert back to having a normal conversation, very telling, very realistic and says more about their whole relationship in one short scene than many other movies do in 120 minutes. The film quality is only so-so, I'm guessing they thought the lo-res look suited the era, personally I prefer a more high definition presentation, the lighting and sets deserved it. I'm also guessing the book makes for a good read and would fill in a lot of blanks, why does she call herself Lady Bird, why is her brother Polynesian? etc.
14 people found this helpful
Birthday HangmanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 September 2018
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing
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Really disappointed by this film. I like things that actually have a story to them and that was where Ladybird was severely lacking. Just a whiny, teenage girl wondering around. As it got towards the end I think the film realised it lacked a sense of purpose and sort of just finished without any resolution.
A waste of time and money, watch something else.
14 people found this helpful
C. J.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 May 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t understand the hype around this
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I usually enjoy films with Saoirse in but this one just wasn’t as good, and I was really looking forward to seeing this.
Ok positives, I really liked the side characters, Christines family, even her brothers girlfriend, her ‘best friend’, which leads me into my main negative, as I got further into the film I would have preferred to follow them instead. Yes Christine is a young hormonal teen and makes mistakes, but her over the top decisions and reactions were a bit annoying. Also was Timothee’s character meant to be a brooding geek without being interesting?
Conclusion, I wouldn’t watch this again, but the side characters really held this film together for me and kept my interest, they earned my three stars.
Disappointed in this, which makes me hesitant to even try Little Women which is another I was interested in watching by the same director.
2 people found this helpful
marion soperReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Gentle coming of age film
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At last, a coming of age film about a teenage girl and one that most women will identify with. At first I thought it was just another Hollywood et of obvious relevations on life that could be greeted with a "you don't say" remark. I.e chasing after the cool people at school is actually a pretty shallow thing to do. The cool people being,of course, the rich good looking set. However, ignoring that, the film is a lovely gentle insight into the emotional growing pains that most young people experience whilst leaving childhood behind and starting their journey towards adulthood. It so reminded me of myself at that age. By the end of the film I was in love with it, a thoroughly enjoyable watch helped by a wholly believable performances from the main characters.
9 people found this helpful
AnonylaunchReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Looking into an abusive mother/daughter relationship
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** SPOILERS**

This film was lauded to me by a (male) friend who apparently heard from many of his female friends that it was a fantastic film and a look into a loving mother and daughter relationship.

Instead, what I found was a delving into the constraints of an abusive mother and daughter relationship. I basically lived it. From the childish mother stubbornly refusing to acknowledge her daughter's bids for independence, to the effects of her trying to control every aspect of her life through constant insults and deridement.

It is apparent this is a very toxic relationship. I do appreciate that in every parent/child relationship, there is a push-pull in a bid for control over one's life, but the extent of what we see in this film, is a teenager trying to find her feet within her sexuality, freedom of choice, and even standing up for what she believes in school (even if she is a bit harsh with her words). Is she praised for her free thinking? No, instead of being able to critically think, she is instead punished for sticking her proverbial head above the parapet. She doesn't fit in from her hair to her personality, and she is constantly derided for it.

Even at the end, when her mother has the choice to show her love when her journey finally takes off, she refuses until it is too late. It is obvious that they love each other, and Ladybird does eventually grow into her independence, but the power struggle that they have over the control of Ladybird's life is the focus of the film. It is also apparent that this power struggle is only between Ladybird and her mother, as she is much less concerned about her son and his live-in girlfriend (even when he and his father apply for the same job).

While I did think the movie was very good for it's genre (apparently 'mumblecore' is a thing), it is not a happy film, and I do believe that my male friend who suggested it was under the impression that when his female friends claimed to have that relationship with their mothers, that is was a sweet thing and a building of mutual respect, instead of a fight to find their place in the world while their mothers constantly denigrate them. It is no wonder that the women who grew up int he late 90s early 2000s (era of the film) struggled to find their place in life, and spent a lot of time on third wave feminism.
Legal VampireReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 March 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good even if not much happens beyond a teenaged girl growing up
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A good film, only fully appreciated once watched all the way through, so if at first you find it only OK, stay with it. Good acting, not only by Saoirse Ronan in the title role but by all the main cast.

Not a great deal out of the ordinary happens in this film, but what there is nicely done.

A teenaged girl is in her last year at a private Catholic Day School in Sacramento, California. She argues with her mother, changes her mind as to who is her best friend at school, finds a boyfriend, splits up with him and finds another boyfriend. Finally she leaves for University in New York, having grown up a little and stopped being so cross with her mother.

Bought as a DVD, there are Extras that tell us something about what the writer and director wanted to achieve in making the film. These are interesting, although not interesting enough for me to want to listen to the entire film-length director commentary.

In the ‘Extras’, snippets of an interview with the actress Saoirse Ronan are intercut with other material. I would have preferred an uninterrupted interview with her to get used to her out of character, as her hair and accent are so completely different that it is at first hard to realise it is the same person.

Ms Ronan was one of my main reasons for watching ‘Lady Bird’. My favourite of her films (although too strange and ‘arty’ for some viewers) is ‘Lost River’ about the decay of a Detroit suburb. Second best is ‘Brooklyn’, about a young woman emigrating in around 1950 from a small town in Ireland to Brooklyn in New York City and the contrast between the two. I put ‘Lady Bird’ a close third, but I’m sure some viewers will like it the best.
One person found this helpful
nelson allenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
wonderul coming of age film-the best ever!
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Irish actress Saoirse Rohan is very accomplished and funny with a quirky sense of humour that delights and amuses. Ladybird by Greta Gerwig is directed with just the right touch to fully engage the audience in this girl's transition from teenager to emerging womanhood with warmth, panache, and style. Highly recommended to everyone, especially parents and grandparents.
7 people found this helpful
AliratzReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 July 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
NO DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
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Bought this twice, both were returned because they did not have the advertised Digital Download, if the Picture and product description state it has a Digital Download, then I expect to have one, several times I have ordered a Blu-Ray and been surprised to have a Digital Download Code included in the pack, with no mention of it on the pack or in the description, nice surprise, but when it is advertised as having one, it is part of the deal when bought, as for the film, who knows what it’s like, it is a subjective thing, some will hate it, some will love it, some will find it ok, I couldn’t tell you what I think, as I have not yet seen it, some reviewers liked it some hated it, my review is of the product received, which was just a blu-Ray, and not the product I ordered.
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