FLICK IN A LIMERICK

Lady Bird from Sacramento is coming of age
She has dreams of moving To New York to be on the big stage
Turning 18 she is cocky
Her and her mothers relationship gets rocky
They work to get past their differences and turn a new page

DIRECTOR – Greta Gerwig

ROLE PLAY-(Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Timothy Chalamet, Lucas Hedges)

NOSE CANDY

“The best thing about 2002 is that it is a palindrome”

“Don’t you think maybe they are the same thing? Love and attention?”

“Just because something looks ugly does not mean it is morally wrong”

“Money is not life’s report card. Being successful doesn’t mean anything in and of itself. It just means that you’re successful. But that doesn’t mean that you’re happy.”

STYLE POINTS

  • Bone Thugs In Harmony playing at the school dance
  • 9/11 news clips
  • Lady Bird point of view shot through cast at hospital

MONEY SHOT

Lady Bird’s mom as she drives frantically back to the airport to see her daughter off before college. Incredible emotion as well as use of point of view shots.

FINAL TOUCH

Shocking I’m sure but Lady Bird and I actually have a lot in common. There is an aspect that I could relate to being from central California myself such as wanting to leave the dry valley for the bright lights of a bigger city. Interesting my childhood home also had a pink bathroom and my mother would always take my siblings and I to open luxurious houses on the nice side of town fantasizing that one day we would be able to live there ourselves. Subtle hints of home really had a nostalgic effect on me. It just felt like I was back in 2002 with the cinematography, songs and post 9/11 news clips. The acting is incredible primarily from both Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf who played perfectly off one another with their mother-daughter dynamic. Their relationship is difficult to translate as both really wanted to express how much they loved one another but neither had the strength to put their guard down in fear of losing tactical advantage. I also enjoyed the payoff of Lady Bird being able to admit to her mom how ungrateful she was capable of acting ultimately dropping the persona reverting back to her birth name Christine. Greta Gerwig impresses in her debut creating a smart quick-witted anthem for the awkward adolescent. It is ok to be different and cherish those who embrace your individuality.

-Caleb Harris

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