Lady Bird

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Touching, funny, personal, and mature coming-of-age comedy.

R 2017 93 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 23 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 80 reviews

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age 16+

A few really great moments...

The accolades and fascination with this film is a reflective testament of the value system surrounding this film. I found the film to be well acted and it "felt real". At the same time I did not find any character endearing, nor did it engross me like a car crash. What is wondrous is how a few key moments were well staged and meticulously done so that the humanity of the moment reverberated to the viewer. And it is always a pleasure to see Metcalf chew the scenery.
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age 14+

Thoughtful journey of a teen girl

Lady Bird is a coming-of-age movie about a high school senior and the difficult relationship she has with her mother. Lady spends a lot of the film trying on her own version of adulthood (eg. her first job, dating & sex, drinking, bailing on friends). Each of these new ventures has right-sized consequences that follow. Financial problems cause strain on her family. Her father loses his job and her mom works long hours. This tension causes her and her mother argue throughout. There are scenes of her being rude, swearing, and speaking back to her mother and times when her mother also stumbles. There are also touching scenes where they are both able to be kind and vulnerable with each other. Lady Bird wishes she could escape the dreary reality of her parents for her more fantastical vision of the future. She applies to college far away which drives a wedge between her and her mother that is seemingly irreparable.

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