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Drama - Family

Lady Bird (2017)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay
Writers/Script Greta Gerwig
Additional Info This film was nominated for numerous awards including five Oscars. I am very pleased for Laurie Metcalf who, at the age of 62, has won a number of “Best Suporting Actress” awards. I have been a fan of her portrayal of Sheldon’s mom for some years.
Director Greta Gerwig
Starring Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracey Letts, Lucas Hedges, Timothée Chalamet
Elevator Pitch A young woman in her senior school year is in constant rebellion against her mother, as she takes a stance against her family’s constrained existence, due her her father losing his job, the discipline at her Catholic high school and what she sees as the cultural limitations of her home town, Sacramento. As a result, against her mother’s wishes, she is applying for a college place on the East Coast.
Content The young woman argues with her mother a lot, she is supported by her father, she becomes romantically involved with two young men, with disappointing results in both cases, she casts her best friend aside in favour of a more glamourous association and is irritating in further ways. So there is a bit of kissing, some talk about sex, one actual non-revelatory sex act and a bit of drinking.
A View This film earned 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, and the 1% are either video reviews or in Spanish.  Well – I’m a grouchy old person and I generally find teenagers irritating (I found my own irrirating as well) so I was predictably irritated by the eponymous character, and I did not believe either the wonderfulness of the nuns, or some aspects of the story which would be spoilers if I revealed them.  So unless you are a gouchy old person, you will probably enjoy it.

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