Lady Bird (2017) Friday, 10 April 2020

Lady Bird (2017)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R (USA): Language, sexual content, brief graphic nudity and teen partying.

  • The pitch:

    Lady Bird sheds her wings.

  • Starring:

    Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Beanie Feldstein, Jordan Rodrigues, Timothée Chalamet, Odeya Rush, Lucas Hedges, Tracy Letts

  • Directed by:

    Greta Gerwig

  • Running time:

    94 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    A teen girl hits a computer monitor in frustration, a woman throws a notepad, a teen girl steals classroom files then puts them in the bin, a teen girl manipulates her maths test results, a teen girl is suspended from school, a teen girl is scolded for defacing a nun's car (not seen). Story heard of teen seeing somebody getting knifed. Story heard of a man's son dying at 17 years old (possible suicide). Mention of great aunt dying (suicide). Story of fatal drug overdose. A teen girl jumps out of a moving car. Shoplifting. 9/11 Remembrance poster, background references to Iraq War. "I'd kill your family", attack on Baghdad mentioned. Arguing. Blood/gore: Nosebleed. Plaster cast on arm. People in hospital beds. Child with bandaged head/eye.


    Teens have (awkward) bedroom sex. A girl reads a pornographic magazine (pictures of nude men seen). Kissing (m-f/m-m), flirting. Parents discuss whether their son and his girlfriend are having sex. Platonic hugging. Girls in swimwear, cleavage, girl in bra/underwear, girl in towel, teen girls in low-cut dresses. Students listen to an anti-abortion lecture (photos of unborn foetuses seen). Sperm, boobs, penis, premarital sex, fake tits, abortion, dry-humping, touch my breasts, touching genitals, California hedonism mentioned. Sex talk, discussions about losing virginity, masturbating in the shower.


    Smoking (marijuana, tobacco). Alcohol (champagne, spirits, beer). Intoxication. A girl is hospitalised from excessive drinking. Vials of pills in cupboard (depression implied). Teens smoke, drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, smoke a clove cigarette. A woman says, "My mother was an abusive alcoholic". Irish girls got sloshed, suicide by overdose mentioned.


    C-words, f-words, s-words, p*ssed, fart. Name-calling (d*cks, b*tch, moron, infuriating, crazy, passive aggressive, scary, gay, racist, evil, liar, a**holes, weird, etc). Religious references (church setting, prayer, statue of Jesus on crucifix with bloody gash in side, eating communion wafers, etc). Religious exclamations (thank God, hell yeah, Jeez, oh my God, damn it, oh Jesus, oh God, Jesus Christ, six inches for the holy spirit, etc).


    Adolescence, high school, mother-daughter relationships, family, drama, awkward young love, premarital sex, betrayal, lust, coming-of-age, identity, virginity, friends, jealousy, rejection, college applications, jobhunting, communication, New York City, teen rebellion.


    Church, psychiatric ward, hospital settings. Dead friend, son died at 17 years old (possible suicide), Dad has cancer mentioned. Dog. Vomiting. Eggs eaten.


    Sweet, personal, pitch-perfect, semi-autobiographical, smart, wry, compassionate, refreshing, female-centric, thoughtful, generous, deep, rare, loving, uproarious, beautiful, special, funny, perceptive, truthful, insightful, poignant, winning, witty, snarky, sincere, edgy, unpredictable, wise, assured, near-perfect, affecting, strong, bold, tragi-comic, snappy, spirited, modest, miraculous, honest, frank, charming, impeccable. Entrancing/amusing/touching/beautiful/star/compelling/authentic/crackling/extraordinary/marvellous/excellent/sensational lead performance by Saoirse Ronan, invincible/fantastic/heartfelt performance by Laurie Metcalf, superb/impressive side characters, delightful screenplay, avoids tropes of a downbeat family drama, flashes of comedic inspiration, mature production design, believably rocky tone, loose structure, intimate cinematography, soulful score, wry/knowing ending, shrewd storytelling.



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