It’s time to prepare a trek home for the holidays, reunite with some loved ones, and break bread with people who politically disagree with you. Luckily, the best solution to beat that Turkey-fueled familial tension this year, exists within Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird.
In select theaters now, Lady Bird is the most realistic female-driven coming of age film to exist since 2007’s Juno. Saorise Ronan (in case your mom asks or tries to pronounce it – “sersha”) plays Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson, an existential teen in 2002 that has a real love-hate relationship with her mother Marion McPherson (Laurie Metcaffe). The two cry listening to Grapes of Wrath together, passive-aggressively communicate, and try to cling onto each other before Christine goes off to college.
Lady bird is most definitely a mom movie. Here’s why:
- Lady Bird is not a musical. It contains no over the top (or any at all for that matter) musical numbers. Which actually could be a con for some, because let’s be real, Brittany Snow enhances every single movie she is in.
- It’s not animated. No bunnies voiced by Kevin Hart. I promise.
- There’s no sci-fi element to it, no multi-dimensional confusing galaxy subplots, it is simply just a terrifically witty movie about a young female trying to exist.
- Central to the plot, is a Dave Matthews song. Moms love Dave Matthews.
- It’s a time piece set in 2002 and touches upon religion, classism, wanderlust, heartbreak, vulnerability….but the entire time it’s hilarious.
- It’ll make you want to hug your mom (or the closest motherly figure) and they deserve that. They way that Marion and Christine show, or fail to show, their love for one another brings up a very common, yet very unspoken dialogue about the right times to say I love you, even when you can’t form the words.
- The titular character is a realistic depiction of a wannabe urbanite free spirit who also just happens to be really funny. We haven’t seen a lead female character with the same depth since Juno McGup. That was 10 years ago.
- It steps beyond the traditional, overused roles for women in film. Lady Bird isn’t trying to sleep with a boss. Or run a sexy heist. She’s a 17 year-old-kid that shrieks into the sky after kissing a boy.
- There are a few laughable men in it, which is a great unifier for all women. Specifically Kyle, played by current Hollywood hot boy Timothée Chalamet, a tortured party boy who thinks anarchy is pretty baller.
- Limited sex scenes. Remember that time you tried to watch Shameless with your mom? Yeah, don’t worry. This won’t be like that.
Long-time-very-cool-lady Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut with her original screenplay Lady Bird honestly exceeded all expectation. For the first time as the credits rolled my immediate thought was, “I need to see it again.” I want to see it again, a few times. Even though, I got carded at the movies. Like what the hell was that. Apparently I look under 17. I am 21!
Behind Juno, Lady Bird is probably my favorite film, I’m not kidding. (I’m open to the idea of receiving a copy, if anyone wants to get me a gift 😉)
Already lauded by most major publications as a success, Lady Bird will prob sweep awards this year. It’s currently only in select theaters, so you should probably snag some tickets for your fam before it’s too late. Or before I go ahead and buy them all myself.