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Lady Bird (2017)

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In the early 2000s, an artistically-inclined seventeen year-old comes of age in Sacramento, California.



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Credited cast:
Kyle Scheible
Jenna Walton
Mr. Bruno
Larry McPherson
Another Young Lady
Sister Sarah Joan
Diana Greenway
Father Leviatch (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)


Christine "Lady Bird" MacPherson is a high school senior from the "wrong side of the tracks." She longs for adventure, sophistication, and opportunity, but finds none of that in her Sacramento Catholic high school. LADY BIRD follows the title character's senior year in high school, including her first romance, her participation in the school play, and most importantly, her applying for college. Written by Dehlia

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Time to fly


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 April 2018 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Lady Bird: É Hora de Voar  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$364,437, 5 November 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$23,531,261, 13 December 2017
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Throughout the film, a small poster of the movie "Rushmore (1998)" can be seen on the wall of Lady Bird's bedroom. Saoirse Ronan, who plays Lady Bird, worked with that movie's director, Wes Anderson, on "Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)" and co-star Lucas Hedges appeared in Anderson's films "Moonrise Kingdom (2012)" and "Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)". Anderson also co-wrote the movies "Die Tiefseetaucher (2004)" and "Der fantastische Mr. Fox (2009)" with Noah Baumbach, who is the current romantic partner of Greta Gerwig, this movie's writer and director. See more »


When Lady Bird's flight is taking off, the new Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport can be seen in the background. That terminal opened in 2011; the scene takes place in 2003. See more »


Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson: I found when it happened that I really like dry humping more.
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Crazy Credits

SHOWN AT THE BEGINNING: "Anyone who talks about California hedonism have never spent a Christmas in Sacramento." - Joan Didion See more »


References Kagemusha - Der Schatten des Kriegers (1980) See more »


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A Beautiful Movie that makes you laugh, cry and think
10 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

In a revival year for movies, one with an abundance of notable gems, Lady Bird manages to stand out in the crowd. While taking on the coming-of-age angle, which has been done to death for 30something years, direct Greta Gerwig makes this one different. She brings freshness to a stale genre by releasing a steady stream of humor, heart, and honesty.

Gerwig's first solo directorial effort features the winning young actress who is also quickly becoming a veteran actress Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn, Atonement). Ronan shines, playing a Gerwig surrogate of sorts and showcasing a flawless Sacramento accent. Named Christine McPherson by her parents, she decides to instead go by the name Lady Bird. As she calls it, her given name (she gave it to herself). Mom (Laurie Metcalf) and Dad (Tracy Letts) are both perfectly cast joys to watch. Mom and Lady Bird flip a switch between sharing joyful moments to clashing in heated ones. Sweet and supportive dad does his best to help them both, even while fighting his own depression. Best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein) is delightful to viewers and loyal to Lady Bird.

In her search for her identity, Lady Bird tests out a new best friend and an ill-fitting musician boyfriend (Timothee Chalamet). She lies about herself to both of them, pretends to live in the rich neighborhood, lies about her parents, trying to seem cool. Classic high school move, one of the cliché moments. The movie isn't entirely original, but what makes it so special is that everything feels authentic, never crammed in to fit a template. The characters and problems could have come across as stale and vacuous, but they contain real depth and honesty, so they're always compelling.

Lady Bird meets another boyfriend, Danny (Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea), while rehearsing for the school play. He resists the temptation of sex with her, "out of respect." Their relationship comes to an abrupt end but not before he describes Lady Bird's mom as "warm and scary." While Lady Bird scoffs at this descriptor at the time, she later recognizes the truth in it. She spends so much effort preventing people from seeing her family for who they really are that she never truly sees them herself. There's something in this movie for everyone. We may not all be now, nor have ever been a pink-haired teenage girl in Sacramento, but we all know what it's like to feel unsure about who we are and who we want to be. Lady Bird covers familiar experiences, but not only the pleasant ones. It's not an "aww" fest. Gerwig's directs the way Lady Bird's mom parents—with toughness and care. She explores the humor and hurt with equal deft. Her movie is heartwarming and heartbreaking. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry, and it will make you think. Gerwig delivers a story extremely personal to her in a way that makes it feel personal to all of us. Lady Bird is a wonderous success and truly one of the year's best movies.

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