in about 100 words or less
US 93m, Colour
Director: Greta Gerwig; Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet, Beanie Feldstein, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Lois Smith
Lady Bird is a coming-of-age dramatic comedy about a senior student at a Catholic high-school who hopes to escape her hometown by getting accepted to a liberal university in the northeast. At odds with her mother, and even her best friend, the self-named “Lady Bird” is a pretentious character who is almost as stubborn and unlikable as her mother. Contrary to the gushing praise that this film has received, and suggestions that Gerwig has delivered fresh insights into the genre, I am at a loss to see anything new or especially interesting in this film (Klaus Ming February 2018).