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Lady Bird by Greta Gerwig

Have you seen Lady Bird? Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut is an absolute masterpiece…

Set in Gerwig’s real-life hometown of Sacramento in 2002, the coming-of-age story follows Catholic high-school senior Christine “Lady Bird” (played by Saoirse Ronan), who yearns for independence. The quick scenes reflect the consuming adolescent emotions of elation, heartache and humiliation. And, oh my goodness, does it get it right. I watched the movie with a group of friends and we whisper-screamed, “That was me!” to each other more times than I can count.

There are teeny hilarious details, too, like the dramatic line from Anna Karenina scribbled on Lady Bird’s bedroom wall: “Boredom: The Desire for Desires,” or a moment where Christine and her best friend are snacking on communion wafers while giggling about sex. Or Lady Bird’s deep appreciation for the Dave Matthews Band’s song “Crash Into Me,” because, really, what could be more soothing to a heartbroken teenager?

But the thing that stands out most of all is the sympathetic portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship. Lady Bird’s mom Marion (played by Laurie Metcalf) isn’t easy — she’s described as “warm but kind of scary.” Their exchanges capture the frustrations of everyday arguments — chores, rules, finances — while recognizing the underlying tenderness they’ll always have. The complicated dynamic is refreshing to see on screen.

Below, Gerwig narrates one of these moments for the New York Times:

We all called our moms afterward. It’s a triumphant film that’s hard to forget. Highly recommend.

Thoughts? Have you seen it? Any other movies that you’ve enjoyed recently?

P.S. Another recent favorite, and the best shows on TV.

  1. CB says...

    Can’t wait to see Ladybird. I recently watched Patterson which I really liked.

  2. Hannah says...

    I watched Lady Bird last night with two of my suite mates from my freshman year in college. We’re seniors now. By the end of the movie, we were all sobbing and drove home in almost complete awe-stricken silence. Gerwig somehow captures adolescence and young adulthood perfectly. We each have very different relationships with our parents and different personalities but all relate to Lady Bird. Looking at the ratings and responses, it seems like most people do! WOW—I think that word describes this movie best.

  3. Nicole says...

    I sponteously drove 2 hours to LA last weekend with two girlfriends to go see Lady Bird and all we loved it so much. We laughed and cried and verbally “uh-huh’d” the screen multiple times. I was also a high school senior in 2002-3 in a crappy California town and those references and her relationship to her parents… and boys …and school musicals, it was all too real.

  4. cs says...

    I’ve been wanting to see Lady Bird so bad! I recently saw The Killing of a Sacred Deer and absolutely loved it. The story and acting are just so weird that I couldn’t not enjoy it!

  5. Justine says...

    Loooooved Lady Bird! It gave me the magical feeling of Boyhood, but even more so because I so closely identified with so much (to the above commenter who said “didn’t we all have a Kyle?!” YES). I moved to Sacramento in high school and totally identified with Lady Bird’s need to get out. Moved back after college and now I love it! I saw this movie at Tower Theater (Sacramento classic) with a full house last weekend, it was so fun. Everyone would whisper and laugh when Sacramento spots were on screen, and everyone clapped at the end! Love hometown pride <3

    • Betsie says...

      I saw it yesterday at Tower Theater! My husband and I just moved to Sacramento from the East Coast, where I flew to after growing up in (an even smaller than Sacramento) northern California town. I felt all kinds of feels watching it after moving back <3

  6. Vera says...

    Wind River! I’m not a huge Jeremy Renner fan, but he is superb in this movie. Also: Big Sick; Whisky Tango Foxtrot.
    On the NO list: Because I Said So — I adore Diane Keaton, but no. Just no.

  7. Heather says...

    If you need to brush up on your anatomy, watch Thor: Ragnarok.

    Chris Hemsworth has his shirt off and it’s a great excuse to study a near perfect specimen male form. Drool.

  8. Emily says...

    Columbus. This movie was not on everyone’s radar, and I’m pretty sure I learned about it here. Super cool scenery (I learned so much about this unique city in Indiana and read more after the film) wonderful dialogue, great acting, and touching story.

    • eden says...

      Columbus was gorgeous. I was sad it didn’t seem to get any publicity.

  9. Sasha says...

    Just watched The Center Won’t Hold, a documentary about the life of Joan Didion, on netflix. Wow, it was amazing. Just a beautiful film, unique footage of the 60s, intimate portrait of her marriage, and of grief. I wasn’t prepared for witnessing the tragedies that befall her. I felt more human for having watched.

    • Emily says...

      I just watched this and immediately thought Cup of Jo and followers would really like this documentary. It was so very good.

  10. Sarah says...

    I WAS a high school senior in 2002! Interested to see this Lady Bird and take a trip back in time…

  11. Mikaela says...

    I’m seeing Lady Bird this weekend with my sister-in-law, we cannot wait!!

    My high school boyfriend was obsessed with Dave Matthews Band, and listening to Crash into Me just now flooded me with memories of lying on his bed with the windows open after painting his room together…there’s nothing like your first love.

  12. Calliope says...

    Last night I went to the theatre for “murder in the orient express” and really really enjoyed the new version of Hercule Poirot.

  13. Carly says...

    ‘Bandaid’ with Zoe Lister Jones and Adam Pally was really good. It was slow at some parts but not enough to make you uninterested.

    • Sarah says...

      I adored Band Aid! Just the right mix of humor to help guide the audience through the painful experiences of the main characters. I was rooting for them.

  14. Ellie says...

    I tell anyone who will listen that they’re missing out if they haven’t seen Atomic Blonde with Charlieze Theron. Not only is she a kick ass spy in the movie but she executive produced the movie as well! If you like Bond movies or Oceans movies or Borne movies, don’t miss this one!!

  15. I can’t wait to watch Lady Bird. I live in the Sacramento area (but not originally from here) so its wonderful to see a movie set around areas that are tangible. Now that I live here, I feel like Sacramento and the surrounding towns get the short end of the stick. There is a lot of growth happening, its our State Capital and there are lots to do in the beautiful areas. Kudos to that! Secondly, I have a daughter who is enrolled at a private Catholic preschool and most likely we will be keeping her in Catholic school. So this may be me in a few years! The mom-daughter dynamic is sure to bring me to tears!

    As for the movies I’ve been watching, I have no shame in admitting this, I’ve been watching Christmas romance movies. Haha! Feel good corny is the perfect medicine when you have the flu and its cold outside. Its funny because my husband and daughter will act uninterested, but then will ask “what happened?” haha! I was watching The Holiday last night, and there are tons of corny Christmas magic options on Netflix. Hahahaha!

    xo Lendy

    • Alice says...

      I am from Sacramento and feel the same way! It has so much charm and is becoming increasingly “hip.” The American River Parkway is a fantastic natural resource to have running through the middle of the city and surrounding areas. If I could find a job in my field there, I would move back in a heartbeat. As it is, I am looking forward to visiting my folks this Christmas and touring the Fabulous Fourties xmas light display :)

  16. Marla says...

    Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
    Frances McDormand and Amy Adams. 1920’s. Great fashion and music.

  17. Marla says...

    Really enjoyed:
    Baby Driver – the music is its own character in the film!
    The Last Word -Amanda Seyfried and Shirely MacLaine-we laughed, we cried
    Victoria & Abdul – true story of Queen Victoria. Painless history lesson with popcorn

  18. Katie says...

    I loved Lady Bird. I actually grew up in Sacramento too and graduated high school in 2004 (Lady Bird graduates in 2003). The film was beautiful and also eerie in a lot of ways–it really captured how it felt to live in Sacramento at that age, especially the anxiety over / deep desire to leave. The film also captures my current Sacramento nostalgia (those gorgeous shots of the river and the Tower Bridge and the fab 40s and the thrift store–oh, how I remember the Sacramento thrift stores). Why don’t we appreciate things when we’re they’re right in front of us / around us? Why is it so hard to live in the moment? How can the most painful times of life also be the most beautiful when we just have even a little bit of distance?

    • Ellen says...

      Love this. We are just outside of Sacramento in Davis, and my daughter (college sophomore) and I can’t wait to see it when she is home in a week. Her room mates saw it, raved about it, I’ve been told I should expect some of the dialogue may be verbatim arguments we have had. Whoo boy, mom daughter stuff can be pretty fraught because the love stakes are so very, very high.

    • Mia says...

      Roseville High School, class of 2002 here! I used to spend sooo many afternoons thrifting around Sac. I can’t wait to see this movie!

    • Alice says...

      I have not seen this movie yet but feel like my best friend in high school (growing up in Sacramento) fits Lady Bird’s character and her desire to leave/go to NYC. Also, the thrift stores–yes!!

  19. eg says...

    Because I was recently on an airplane (where, everyone knows, you are allowed to watch ANY movie you want without feeling embarrassed), I watched the Baywatch movie. It was surprisingly entertaining and better than I expected (along the lines of the 21 Jump Street movies). It’s really hard not to like The Rock in anything he’s in.

    But otherwise, my faves recently have definitely been Lady Bird and The Florida Project.

    • Carrie says...

      Yes, to The Rock! Such a good dude!

    • I love The Rock’s Instagram. “Remember to exfoliate.” (Haha!)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      “where, everyone knows, you are allowed to watch ANY movie you want without feeling embarrassed” = hahahaha

  20. Alexandra Marie says...

    I love Greta Gerwig! I can’t wait to check it out. We named our daughter Frances. I wouldn’t say she was named after Frances Ha, persay, but I did think of her character, and I hope her quirky exuberance is something my daughter will embody as she grows up.

  21. Claire says...

    The Florida Project. I also really liked Alias Grace, now streaming on Netflix.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Yes!!! And my friends loved Alias Grace — can’t wait to watch!!! Thanks, Claire. x

  22. I just saw Lady Bird over the weekend and it was the most perfect film. I’ve been a fan of Gerwig’s since seeing (and also falling for) Frances Ha, so I knew I had to see her first solo directorial debut. It was heartfelt, endearing, accurate, and aesthetically sound. I teared up throughout the entire thing and left feeling a swell of elation by how beautiful it was.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Same here, Sam! <3

  23. Heather says...

    Just watched the Lady Bird preview and it made me cry… The preview!!!

    • Laura says...

      I watched it at work with the sound off and teared up!

  24. Lisa says...

    Mustang. It’s a Turkish movie that came out a couple of years ago about five sisters, and it’s now on Amazon Prime (at least in the UK). I would describe it as basically the Turkish version of Virgin Suicides, but so incredibly beautiful, in so many ways – the story, the score, the cinematography. Would highly recommend it. Also watched “Lion” recently, and that was great as well

    • Lisa says...

      Just to add – so my husband and I take turns in choosing movies to watch and he is SUPER FUSSY so it is an absolute nightmare (read: he hates everything). I blame his parents – he was only allowed to watch super intellectual movies as a kid (his favourite movie when he was 10 was The Graduate, whereas mine was Airplane …) so he has really high standards. He also loved Mustang

    • eg says...

      Oh yes, I loved Mustang!

    • Nesli says...

      I am a Turkish person, born in a different country and have never lived in Turkey. But I have heard the stories from my grandmother, great grandmother, from the aunties that never wanted to go back. I had pictures in my head long before the movie. And ‘Mustang’ perfectly put everything together for me. It was eye-opening, life changing and in the end even liberating. Now I have a better understanding why I live, where I live, why I have certain ethnic and cultural view and desires and I have so much respect for the strength of the female leaders in my family!
      So long review short – worth it for gaining a different perspective of the liberties with are born with!

  25. I loved Lady Bird so much I want to marry it. Seriously. It’s just incredible. Gerwig should get all the awards.

    • L says...

      I saw it with my mother-in-law this weekend and after we said “That should totally get best picture…and best director…definitely best original screenplay… best actress and best supporting actress for sure…” I really don’t think there’s a category where it won’t be very hard to beat.

  26. Ann says...

    Looks good! I just watched the Gloria Vanderbilt documentary, “Nothing left Unsaid” on HBO, featuring her son, Anderson Cooper and an interesting perspective into her ( absolutely fascinating!!) life. Highly recommend. Left me completey inspired and I can’t stop thinking about it…which in my book means it’s a real treasure!

  27. Beth says...

    I loved “Captain Fantastic.” I’ve watched it three times and I’m thinking about sending it to my mom so I can watch it with her over the holidays.

    • LOVED that film!! Gave me all the warm fuzzies (mostly for Viggo and that beard though) and also made me want to run off and raise a family in the PNW even though I’m from Ireland and that will more than likely never happen. Also, the ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ rendition made my wee heart swoon!

    • LOVE that film. The purity of the oldest son knocks me out every time. I also used to go swimming and camping in Index, WA (the town near where the family lives at the beginning of the film) and it brings back wonderful memories.

    • Agree, that was such a great movie! My husband liked it a little too much, haha. I think he’d thrive living isolated in a forest! While it just made me enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest all the more.

  28. Lauren says...

    I saw the Big Sick at your recommendation. SOOO GOOD. Also, I did a solo movie. BEEESSSTTT.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      omg i agree!!!!! solo movies = where it’s at.

    • Elizabeth says...

      Me too, I just watched the Big Sick this weekend and loved it!

  29. MarlaD says...

    Patti Cakes! I loved the characters and the performances are outstanding. A little gem.

    • Sarah says...

      I heard Patty Cakes was stellar, and I definitely want to see it!

    • Kathleen says...

      Yes! So good!

  30. Gaby says...

    Adding to my list, thank you! Recently watched Murdee on the Orient Express. Loved it.

  31. Sarah says...

    Three films I’ve seen recently and loved:

    Call Me By Your Name – just beautiful, makes me want to move to Italy.

    God’s Own Country – very slow-paced, beautifully-made British film about love and farming in Yorkshire.

    Paddington 2 – just hilarious and incredibly heartwarming.

    (I’m British so not sure if all these films are available in the States!)

    Sarah x

  32. I loved Baby Driver. Action packed, humorous, and on the light side. It was exactly what I needed!

  33. Katie says...

    I cannot recommend the film Pride enough! It came out in 2014 and is the true story of an LGBT group who decided to help out Welsh mining town during the industrial strikes of the 1980’s. It’s a UK film so not sure how widely known it is over the pond with you guys, but it such a hilarious, heartbreaking but ultimately uplifting and heartwarming film!

    • Yes! Pride is an amazing film!

    • Sasha says...

      Love that film. Really well done and entertaining and thought provoking too.

    • Alice says...

      Brilliant film – I’ve thought back on it often since I saw it. Great story and fantastic characters. It’s a great watch, wherever you’re from.

  34. Funny to read this considering I’d just watched the trailer yesterday! It definitely caught my attention and I do think that it’s a pretty accurate and raw display of most modern mother-daughter relationships, tbh. This makes me really want to watch it! x

    Joanne

  35. Well I’d love to watch it but it’s only in “select theaters” (read: 1) in my city. Hope it becomes more popular and widely released!

  36. BLG says...

    I can’t wait to see this movie. Thrilled for Greta Gerwig and her success. I just watched a film from Iceland called I Remember You, an original, scary ghost story. Set in a remote desolate place that makes it all the more believable!

  37. Marcella says...

    Her uniform is basically the same exact uniform I had in Catholic highschool… the mems. Miss that sweater vest. Definitely want to see this movie!!

  38. Sarah says...

    Hi Stella, do you have a favorite movie theater in Brooklyn/ NYC? I was planning to see Lady Bird this week, but just moved here! Thank you!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Hi, Sarah! Congrats — hope you are loving it here. I love Cobble Hill Cinema (where sometimes I spot Michael Shannon!!!!), but usually go to the Angelika Film Center for new releases. xo

    • Elizabeth Caudle says...

      Alamo Drafthouse is City Point is a great place to see a movie in Brooklyn!

    • eg says...

      Yes to Alamo! Super comfy, and movie prices are the same (or less) than other NYC theaters because they make most of their money on the food/alcohol.

    • cs says...

      Nighthawk Cinema in Williamsburg has good indie movies as well as food and drinks!

  39. I watched “Gifted” and totally loved it. I laughed, I cried… I thought it was so great. And I’m someone who usually falls asleep during movies!

  40. Hilary says...

    Saw Lady Bird last weekend and it was incredible. Now one of my favorites of all time – I saw myself in so many parts of it: Catholic school, 2000s nostalgia, Dave Matthews, the complexity of mother/daughter relationships.
    The scene with Danny and Lady Bird outside, behind the Cafe was just heartbreaking and beautiful.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      That scene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Diana McNeill says...

      I cried so much in that scene!!!

  41. Becca says...

    Inspired by this post I’m sitting in a theater right now, wine in hand, popcorn by my side, ready for a beautiful (solo) Tuesday night watching Ladybird! Can’t wait for it to start!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Oh my goodness, Becca! That is too fun to hear. Hope you love it!!! Also, looooove solo movies.

  42. I was invited to a pre-screening last night and laughed and cried with a theater full of others doing the same. I could relate to the mother/daughter relationship and how complicated it is with the tone of voice and “the look” from a mom. I feel like this would be a great family movie (including the guys!) over the holidays!

  43. Rachel says...

    I recently watched “Sing Street”. It’s not a recent release, but gosh I just smiled and laughed and cried the whole way through. It was the exact film I needed. And the soundtrack is killer.

    • Denise says...

      I loved Sing Street!

    • Becca says...

      Omg I loved it too!

    • Hannah says...

      Another vote for Sing Street! It’s by the guy who did Once, which is also great. Bonus: it’s on Neflix.

    • Mary says...

      Sing Street is SO cute and funny and good!

    • Beth says...

      I loved “Sing Street” too-it just made me feel so happy and hopeful!

    • Agreed! Sing Street is brilliant! Made me wish I was in a band as a teenager.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      these are such great recs!

  44. Janice says...

    Just last week I saw I’ll Push You, a documentary about best friends doing the Camino de Santiago trail. One friend, Justin, is wheelchair bound without use of his arms or legs. His best friend, Patrick, pushes him for 500 miles. The lessons learned are amazing and I walked away knowing I had zero to complain about and so, so much to be grateful for! Soon to be released on DVD, I’ve just pre-ordered it and am listening to the book on Audible now.

  45. ~Heather says...

    ‘Bad Moms’ made me laugh so hard I was crying. All those women are a kick! And the bra scene, don’t get me started…

  46. Val says...

    Dangal. Its on Netflix. It was inspiring, heart warming, and funny. Even though I really like the main actor, the kids stole the show.

    • sakina says...

      Omg – we watched it this past weekend and loved this too!
      I watched it with my sons and they were so inspired by it… I can only imagine the impact it would have on young girls.

  47. Stephanie says...

    I just saw “Call me by your name” at the Savannah Film Festival and absolutely loved it!

  48. Nicola says...

    I just watched “The F Word” (which apparently also has the title “What If” I watched it on Netflix and I’m in Canada so not sure if the alternate title is in the US?) I think it’s kind of an older film but I just loved it! It’s stars Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan and I thought it was so adorable and quirky!

    • Sarah Beth says...

      I loved this movie! It’s screening on one of my many streaming sites– hulu? amazon? who knows which one :) And I enjoyed it with too much sushi on a night when my husband was out and my daughter was in bed. So sweet and charming. Daniel Radcliffe is a delight!

    • Melanie says...

      Yes! It’s called ‘what if’ in the US – it’s on Amazon Prime – my husband and I loved it so much that we’ve seen it 4 times in the last 6 months. It is just adorable and quirky and I recommend it to pretty much everyone.

    • Nicola says...

      Yay I am so glad others on here enjoyed it too! Melanie I think you have inspired me to re-watch it! It’s just so great!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      can’t wait to watch it!

    • Julie says...

      Saw it in the theatre with my husband a few years ago…. Lovely movie, need to watch it again.

  49. edie says...

    I recently watched “20th Century Women” and really, really enjoyed. It had….good vibes? also Greta was in it. I always admired her in “Frances Ha.”

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Same here, Edie! Loved 20th Century Women. xo

    • edie says...

      Stella, you have the best taste! Is it because we have similar taste that I say this? Ha! I know not. Do you, too, watch “Little Women” this time of year?

    • Tracy says...

      Just to pile on I really liked Lady Bird, but I loved Twentieth Century Women – completely original and familiar, too. And, amazing performances.

  50. judy says...

    I just adore Sairose Ronan. Her portrayal in Brooklyn just crushed me. I love that movie and can’t wait to see Lady Bird. I really enjoyed Love Vincent recently–so original and spectacular (though some people thought the story was slow).

    • Christine Baerg says...

      We just watched Loving Vincent too. The background of making this movie is so interesting.

  51. Emily C says...

    We just watched Hunt for the Wilderpeople and it was my favorite movie in a long, long time. Really quirky and heartwarming.

    • Maria says...

      My dearest friend has watched Hunt for the Wilderpeople 14 times and counting. It’s a true blend of laughter and tears–an absolute gem.

    • Dee says...

      Agreed! Loved this one.

    • Beth says...

      Okay, first I watched this by myself, then with my husband, then with oldest son, then with my youngest when he was home from college for a weekend. I’m pathetic. Loved everyone in this movie, and one of my favorite scenes is the church scene–I’m cracking up at work right now thinking about it. I love this director.

  52. Daisy says...

    I recently watched an Indian movie called Arjun Reddy and just can’t get it out of my head. It is on Amazon prime for anyone that is interested

  53. Colleen S says...

    The most recent movie I saw was It. I can’t part with what theaters ask for in ticket prices, so a movie has to make me want to see it.

  54. Lily says...

    Looks great!

  55. Sarah Beth says...

    My husband and I made time for a long-overdue date night, and got to see The Florida Project. It was so, so wonderful. Maybe even magical? It was so funny and charming, but also totally heartbreaking. I couldn’t stop crying over the last few scenes.
    I can’t wait to see Lady Bird– I’ve been anxiously checking the movie listings for when it’s playing near us, and plan to get my mil to babysit again so we can get out for another movei!

    • +1 for Florida Project!! Loved it and boy, did I cry at the end. I’ve been totally obsessed with Bria Vinaite (and her instagram) every since.

    • Alisha says...

      Agree completely about The Florida Project. The performances were outstanding and it was filled with the joys of childhood and at the same time was completely devastating.

  56. Natalie says...

    It has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes… 100%?! Even the Wizard of Oz only gets at 99%. I cannot wait to see it!

  57. Dani says...

    I finally watched Get Out and I cannot get it out of my brain…so good.

    • Kaitlin says...

      Yes! Get Out was a fantastic film. Everyone needs to see it.

  58. Annie says...

    This movie was amazing. Re: Kyle, didn’t we ALL have a KYLE? I thought that character was brilliantly, hilariously, and accurately captured.

  59. Brynna Arneson says...

    Yay, Sacramento! Everyone in town is loving this movie, too!

    • jac says...

      YESS. Sacramento represent.

    • Yes!! #SacramentoProud. I work at Sactown Magazine and we just published this feature story on Greta: http://www.sactownmag.com/December-January-2018/Homecoming-Queen/
      Financiers for the movie wanted to film it elsewhere, claiming it’s a universal story and Greta said: “It’s not universal because everybody had a childhood. It’s universal because people know what it means to be from a place, and I only know what it means to be from Sacramento.”

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Love that, Tory!!!

  60. brianna says...

    I’m really looking forward to this one. Laurie Metcalf always does such a good job at whatever role she’s playing.

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Agreed, Brianna! x

  61. Michele says...

    The Big Sick was such a fun and entertaining movie. Nothing too heavy and great characters! Thanks for the recommendation of Lady Bird!

    • Brittany says...

      Plus it’s a true story! Makes it that much better :)

    • Ale says...

      We loved the Big Sick too! Laughed and cried – always a good mix :)

    • Sandra says...

      I loved it too…one of the better movies I’ve seen in a long time. :-)