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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is about the push of wanting to leave the nest vs. the simultaneous pull of the love and comfort of home. The movie doesn't particularly champion either of these things over the other.
Positive Role Models
The main character is smart and nuanced, but she's also a bit of a troublemaker and a scatterbrain; she gets poor grades, but she very much wants to get into college, and she works hard to make this dream come true. Sympathetic portrayal of a gay character who's still dealing with the complexities of coming out.
Violence & Scariness
Arguing. Brief, verbal violent imagery.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
An older teen has sex for the first time. She sits on top of her partner; he moans and finishes quickly. No graphic nudity, nothing sensitive shown. Fairly brief shot of photos from Playgirl magazine include male full-frontal nudity. Teen kissing, both between same-sex and opposite-sex pairs. Innuendo and flirting.
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Not constant, but several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "c--t," "bitch," "badass," "penis," "d--k," "t-ts," "goddamn," "a--hole," "sperm," "boobs."
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Products & Purchases
Doritos chips mentioned twice.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens smoke pot, cigarettes, and cloves. Teens drink alcohol; in one scene, a teen girl gets so drunk that she goes to the hospital. Prescription pills (for depression) are used.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lady Bird is the directorial debut of popular indie actress Greta Gerwig, who tells a semi-autobiographical story based on the time between when she finished high school and left for college (Saoirse Ronan plays the character based on Gerwig). It's a wonderful, funny, touching, and balanced movie, but only for older teens due to the mature content. Teen characters smoke pot and drink; in one scene, a teen drinks so much that she winds up in the hospital. A teen girl has sex for the first time: She's shown sitting astride her partner, who finishes quickly. Nothing graphic is shown in that scene, but another brief shot includes a quick glimpse of a Playgirl magazine that features photos of fully naked men. Same-sex and opposite-sex teen couples kiss. Language is quite strong, with several uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "c--t," and "bitch." Violence isn't an issue, but there's a lot of arguing and some brief, spoken violent imagery. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A striking directorial debut by Greta Gerwig, this tender, semi-autobiographical love letter to Gerwig's hometown explores the gulf between childhood and adulthood with touching, witty humor. Gerwig first gained acclaim for writing and acting in "mumblecore" indies; she seemed to find her own voice and persona in films like Damsels in Distress and Frances Ha. Now she brings that persona, fully formed, to the nuanced, wonderful Lady Bird. (It resembles Frances Ha, which she co-wrote, in many good ways.) And, standing in for the director on-screen, Oscar nominee Ronan perfectly adopts Gerwig's trademark sweet/scatterbrain delivery, sprinkling it with soul and humanity.
The movie is more about a time, a state of mind, and an emotional place than it is a story, and Gerwig allows scenes to wander off track in a delightful way. Even if they have nothing to do with Lady Bird, scenes sometimes follow secondary characters for no other reason than Gerwig likely found them interesting, sad, or funny. Not everything is explained. Special care is given to Lady Bird's mother, Marion, who's no-nonsense and borderline mean, but also truly loving. Metcalf gives a fine performance in the role. The overall use of music, cityscape images, and feisty rhythms round out a wonderfully personal, open-hearted movie.
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