Actress and screenwriter Greta Gerwig, well known for her work in indie films, adds another dimension to her resume with the new dramedy, Lady Bird, her directorial debut from her own script. Think teen angst in this jewel of a film starring Saoirse Ronan in the title role and veteran actor Laurie Metcalf as her mother, Marion. Lady Bird’s name is an invention of her own when she decides that she wants to drop the name Christine McPherson for a handle that establishes her own identity. That theme, independence, is the foundation for this film, along with a mother-daughter thread that displays Gerwig’s own memories and feelings of her own adolescence in Sacramento, California, the setting for Lady Bird. The backdrop for the world this film inhabits is Lady Bird’s senior year of high school, a time in every teen’s life when the focus is directed toward that life after high school, an uncertain future that accompanies a restless yearning for an identity all one’s own. Gerwig indicates in the film’s production notes that she intended both mother and daughter to be two sides of the same person, which makes sense in the way that people tend to become their parents after the passage of years.
Others in the cast of this film include Lois Smith, Odeya Rush, Lucas Hedges, Kathryn Newton and Timothee Chalamet, among others
RottenTomatoes gives the film a perfect score of 100. IMDB rates the film 7.8 out of 10.
Lady Bird runs runs 1 hour 33 minutes and is rated R.