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Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet



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Written and Directed by Greta Gerwig
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, and Lois Smith

In Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig reveals herself to be a bold new cinematic voice with her directorial debut, excavating both the humor and pathos in the turbulent bond between a mother and her teenage daughter. Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan) fights against but is exactly like her wildly loving, deeply opinionated and strong-willed mom (Laurie Metcalf), a nurse working tirelessly to keep her family afloat after Lady Bird's father (Tracy Letts) loses his job. Set in Sacramento, California in 2002, amidst a rapidly shifting American economic landscape, Lady Bird is an affecting look at the relationships that shape us, the beliefs that define us, and the unmatched beauty of a place called home.
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Re: Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet

Sacramento shots in the trailer! I can see the Tower Bridge from my office and I've been to that Thrift Town in Del Paso Heights many times.
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This one looks interesting. I will have to check it out. Thanks .
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This was fucking great. Really funny.
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Re: Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet

I really liked it too. Normally, I would've waited on this one until I could rent it from the library but with Movie Pass, I could go for it. And I'm glad I did. Surprisingly, it was playing on two of the three screens of the arthouse, so it was a small, but enthusiastic crowd.
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Re: Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet

This was like JUNO, but with a 23-year-old in the part, rewritten by someone with none of Diablo Cody's wit, and directed by someone with a complete disregard for comic timing, and then edited as if you were watching it with your finger on the "skip" button. It seemed to me like the average length of a scene--not a shot, but an entire scene!--was ten seconds. And it still went on for 93 minutes. I don't get the love for this film unless you're a hovering Baby Boomer mother, the audience the movie was most designed to please.
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Ash...tell us how u really fell.
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Re: Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
This was like JUNO, but with a 23-year-old in the part, rewritten by someone with none of Diablo Cody's wit, and directed by someone with a complete disregard for comic timing, and then edited as if you were watching it with your finger on the "skip" button. It seemed to me like the average length of a scene--not a shot, but an entire scene!--was ten seconds. And it still went on for 93 minutes. I don't get the love for this film unless you're a hovering Baby Boomer mother, the audience the movie was most designed to please.
Translated... “get off my lawn”.

This was better than Juno.
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Re: Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet

As usual, I completely agree with Stuckmann's review:

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Re: Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet

Likewise, What The Flick gave two very positive thumbs ups.

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Re: Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet

I enjoyed this movie. As a coming-of-age flick about a self-conscious teen growing up in a slightly dysfunctional family, it doesn't break any new ground, but it nicely captures the minor triumphs and disappointments that can feel like momentous life-changing experiences to a teenager.

Some of the humor with the adopted brother and his girlfriend seemed a little forced, but much of the film's laughs are generated naturally through the multitude of characters. There's a gay subplot that felt like it was shoehorned into the storyline for indie movie cred; it could have been more developed, but since the film revolves primarily around Lady Bird and her own experiences, I'm willing to give it a pass on that.

Saroise "Sarshay" Ronan is perfect in the title role, deftly capturing the awkwardness and abrasiveness of a young woman determined to find her place in the world, and Laurie Metcalf is equally spot on as her sympathetic but conflicted mother.

Definitely worth the price of a ticket, even if you don't have Movie Pass.
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Re: Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet

Originally Posted by Perkinsun Dzees
As a coming-of-age flick about a self-conscious teen growing up in a slightly dysfunctional family, it doesn't break any new ground, but it nicely captures the minor triumphs and disappointments that can feel like momentous life-changing experiences to a teenager.
Saw this a few nights ago and I definitely agree with you there.

I really loved any scene involving Saoirse Ronane, Laurie Metcalf & Tracy Letts. Fantastic performances from all three.

It was also great seeing so much of Sacramento on-screen. Spent a lot of time out there in my 20s.
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For some reason I quickly read the title as Larry Bird haha
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I wonder is Saiorse will win the Best Actress Oscar for this? She is an incredibly accomplished actress for someone so young. She's got a big biopic coming out next year (Mary, Queen of Scots) that could nab it for her too.
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Re: Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet

Lady Bird overtakes Toy Story 2 as best reviewed movie on RT. While both are at 100%, Lady Bird now has 165 reviews compared to 163 for Toy Story 2.

https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com...ay-about-that/
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Originally Posted by TomOpus
Lady Bird overtakes Toy Story 2 as best reviewed movie on RT. While both are at 100%, Lady Bird now has 165 reviews compared to 163 for Toy Story 2.

https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com...ay-about-that/
Where's Armond White when we need him?
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Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
Where's Armond White when we need him?
Posting a positive review along with everyone else.

Seriously.
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Re: Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
Where's Armond White when we need him?
Armond White actually liked it. It's just you, man, all alone on your island.
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Originally Posted by Da Punisher 611
For some reason I quickly read the title as Larry Bird haha
Was coming to post exactly this. I read it as that every time i open the movie forum.
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Originally Posted by Ginwen
Armond White actually liked it. It's just you, man, all alone on your island.
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Glenn Kenny reviews films and streaming services for The New York Times and also blogs. Here's his critical take on both LADY BIRD and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME:

http://somecamerunning.typepad.com/s...lady-bird.html
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I enjoyed this, but it wasn't nearly as good as I'd hoped it would be. I did laugh quite a bit, though.

I thought Ronan was very good in the title role, but Laurie Metcalf didn't quite live up to all the awards buzz she's getting, IMO. She was fine, just nothing special.

I think Greta Gerwig didn't let some of the jokes play out long enough, she flew through scenes so quickly when it wasn't always necessary.

Anywhoo, it was enjoyable enough to watch.

I'd give it 3 1/2 stars out of 5.
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Re: Lady Bird (2017, w/d: Gerwig) S: Ronan, Metcalf, Letts, Hedges, Chalamet

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
This was like JUNO, but with a 23-year-old in the part, rewritten by someone with none of Diablo Cody's wit, and directed by someone with a complete disregard for comic timing, and then edited as if you were watching it with your finger on the "skip" button. It seemed to me like the average length of a scene--not a shot, but an entire scene!--was ten seconds. And it still went on for 93 minutes. I don't get the love for this film unless you're a hovering Baby Boomer mother, the audience the movie was most designed to please.
You're not wrong. The "I've seen this before...and done better." was my reaction to the movie as well. Juno is a good comparison. I immediately thought of last year's Edge of Seventeen, which I think is a better movie than Lady Bird. To clarify, this isn't a BAD film, it's a good one...but it's not a GREAT one, and I don't get all the raves over it. Laurie Metcalf gets a nice, flashy role here (that's already getting her Oscar buzz), but I thought the father, played by Tracy Letts, gave the better performance.
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I thought the movie was very solid, though perhaps not as incredible as all the review buzz might suggest. The film is, understandably, very female-centric with several well-developed female characters and relatively thin, almost caricatured male characters (with the possible exception of the dad). I'm not stating that as a criticism - in fact, I think it's a strength of the film in that most films are either written or directed (or both) by men and so the female experience doesn't get explored as authentically as it does in Lady Bird. I think it does have some subtext and subtle layers that raise it above most other coming of age stories (it is substantially better than Juno in just about every way - that's a movie that has not aged well IMO). Specifically, it portrays a dynamic that is common for that stage in life but is rarely handled so deftly in these kinds of movies: rejecting or rebelling against things that you come to understand are actually very meaningful to you (family, faith, community, etc).

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