The Midwest of California
Christine aka Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) wants to leave her home town of Sacramento to go to college on the East Coast, but her practical mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf) doesn't think it's reasonable. They clash frequently as Lady Bird comes into her own.
Saoirse Ronan is one of my favorite working actresses right now, but despite that I wasn't initially sold on Lady Bird. Director/Writer Greta Gerwig has a type and I was worried I'd just see Ronan trying to play, well....Greta Gerwig. Luckily that's not the case at all and what I ended up with has been my favorite movie of the year so far.
Lady Bird is all of us at one point or another during our teens. She's moody, insecure, confident, angry, awkward, in love, a dreamer, a downer, and has two very different relationships with her parents. Her passive father (Tracy Letts) encourages her as best he can but its the relationship with her mother that takes center stage. I felt like I was almost watching my own relationship with my mother as a teenager at times. Particularly the part where Lady Bird asks why her mother doesn't like her, and she gets the response "of course I love you" instead. Like and love are not mutually exclusive. And Lady Bird's mother doesn't like her. Maybe because they're too much alike. Maybe Marion wants her daughter to be exactly like her. There could be a lot of reasons.
I love the cast, everyone plays their parts perfectly but this is Ronan's show. Her American accent is perfection and she makes Lady Bird feel like a real person. Likewise with Metcalf and Marion. Gerwig may often play herself but her writing when someone else takes the lead is exceptional, as is her direction. I wasn't expecting this film to resonate with me like it did, and I absolutely bawled at the end of it. It was perfect.
Memorable Quote: "Some of us just aren't made happy." - Julie (Beanie Feldstein)