Comedy


Lady Bird


MPAA Rating:
R
Genre:
Comedy
Runtime:
93 mins
Stars:
Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Beanie Feldstein, Lucas Hedges, Timothee Chalamet, Lois Smith
Director:
Greta Gerwig
Producer:
Eli Bush, Evelyn O'Neill, Scott Rudin

Content at a Glance

4
Sex

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
4
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
3
Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
3
Nudity

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
2
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


several references to others having sex; references to touching and masturbation; two teenage boys kiss; several teens kiss; two main characters engage in non-graphic sex; lots of talk and jokes about sex

Language


"f***"; "sh**"; references to female and male genitalia (including "c***"); "h***"; "a**"; "god" and "god****" all used moderately throughout the film

Violence


No Information

Drugs


references to unseen character abusing drugs or alcohol; lady bird and her friends smoke weed one evening; lady bird goes to parties where there is alcohol, occasionally consumed by her; characters smoke cigarettes; mention of anti-depressants

Nudity


very brief but graphic nudity of male genitalia when lady bird buys an adult magazine; few instances where characters wear bikinis

Other


No Information


Trailer



Synopsis

The adventures of a young woman living in Northern California for a year.


Movie Message

Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird belongs to the half-generation, where it almost feels as if not enough time has passed to recall and look back on the year 2002. Yet as a first-time filmmaker, Gerwig most impressively (aided by an already well-established acting and writing resume) achieves something very special in her film. As part of a new wave of filmmaking, the director and principle lead (Saoirse Ronan as Lady Bird McPherson) breathe so fluently as one in an honest, personal experience. It doesn't matter that 2002 wasn't so long ago. It is brought so lovingly to life by Gerwig.



The film, full of awkward and clumsy lifelike cadences, gets absolutely right the angst and manneristic comedy of late teenage adolescence. Ironically, in Lady Bird's search for her own original voice, there is something rather unoriginal and familiar within every frame. Gerwig has found an immaculate beauty in this, however. Semi-autobiographical in nature, the writer-director does not steer away from the film's grace notes, most of which follow a plot we already know and have possibly even seen before. Fearlessly, she finds peace and ease with this story, told simply true and well.



Ronan is simply magnificent as Lady Bird, who captures Gerwig's own onscreen mannerisms while remaining authentic. Laurie Metcalf is also note-perfect as her equally strong-willed, independent mother, whose occasional harshness is only a product of love and the best of hope for her daughter. Truly, the entire ensemble lends a hand to how we feel and get to know this film.



Only due to some sexual content and language can Dove not approve Lady Bird. But for finding such a true, courageous voice, Gerwig's film is one of the most enjoyable to see in cinemas now.

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