Ahh, memories of the young, dumb and broke. How lovely.

Directed by: Greta Gerwig | Comedy – Drama | R | 1 h 33m

Christine McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), or Lady Bird, as she names herself,  is a wild soul trapped in suburban Sacremento who longs for the more “cultured” New York. Set in the early 2000s, this will definitely bring back the feels of what it’s like to be a teenager who dreams too big for their own good. Her coming-of-age story has none of your Hollywood fluff but just wholesome realness of teenage trials and tribulation, perfect for some good old reminiscing.

Watch if

  • you miss being a teenager in the 2000s
  • you are inspired by relentless grit
  • you want something that hits close to home

Skip if

  • you think slice of life movies are boring
  • harsh tough love brings you bad memories
  • you can’t stand cliché high school tropes

My Take

The thing about Lady Bird is that it’s too real. It’s not that feel-good movie you would want to watch with a friend on a Friday night. There’s no shock factor; no heart racing moments and fits of laughter. It’s more of a smooth and deep slow burn of nostalgia in your soul you’d appreciate because you remembered what it felt like being a teenager who dreams larger than life itself.

The movie focuses on the relationship of Lady Bird and her mother, Marion McPherson (Laurie Metcalf) and the usual struggle between mother and daughter. And yikes, struggle they did. In all honesty, I feel like this relationship borderlines toxic because of the questionable reactions that took place. Well, I’ll let you be the judge of that.

Being a typical teenage also means you’ll have a trusty best friend that’ll help you throughout your adolescence journey, filled with the need to impress the popular kids. You know the drill. But this high school movie may surprise you with its take on mental illness and LGBT issues, especially during the good old days when these issues were usual out of reach.

I also like the fact that this movie was set in a suburban part of California because if you haven’t noticed, most movies focuses on the LA part of California, where all the kids are too cool and popular to be relatable. Bonus points for this!

I really liked Lady Bird. But is it for everyone? Maybe. To truly enjoy its uniqueness, you just have to take it with an open heart and no expectations. Experience life through Ladybird’s eyes and maybe you’ll see yourself in the very same shoes.