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Lady Bird

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.83 /10
Saoirse Ronan , Laurie Metcalf , Tracy Letts
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Directed by: Greta Gerwig
Written by: Greta Gerwig

Released: 2017
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Length: 93

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Just like its title character, Lady Bird is quirky and sentimental but despite best attempts, never really defines itself into anything meaningful.
(Alachia Queen, Alachia Queen)
It is an unfortunate game in which a film seeks its identity while chasing a ghostly character who in turn seeks her own personality.
(Erick Estrada, Cinegarage)
Over-hyped... a litany of bogus character traits for the title character that paint a picture of a conniving, cheating, vapid, disloyal, snotty, conformist white girl going through a phony personality crisis so she can put-on her next Basic (a la Ingrid Goes West) identity as one more white female college student in New York City with rocks in her head.
(Cole Smithey,
The movie brings up tendrils of intersectional discourse race, class issues, reproductive rights, mental health only to leave them shriveling in the backdrop of the movie, their importance not even secondary to Lady Bird's white girl problems. These topics were thrown into the film in the same way left-leaning people toss words and platitudes into regular conversation to make themselves seem "with it" and well-rounded thinkers, while simultaneously avoiding any meaningful discussion or real-life engagement with the issues. The movie doesn't shy away from showing Lady Bird's flaws it is remarkably self-aware but it doesn't quite do anything with them, either... I would even question whether this is really a coming-of-age film at all. In failing to allow Lady Bird to move past her attachment to being "different," the film feels almost like a missed opportunity, when the premise was so wonderfully ripe for evolution. Instead, it finds itself with about three false endings and a tacked-on driving scene celebrating Sacramento. Indie films are notoriously white and privileged. They come from whiteness and privilege. And while Lady Bird makes a ploy to include people of color, the protagonist's coldness to her brother Miguel and his girlfriend doesn't quite amount to attention... Attention and love are often the same thing, as the sister in charge of the Catholic school says in a "wisdom-giving" scene. In this film, it's the entitled, unchanging, mediocre Lady Bird that gets the most love. And from film critics, the most attention.
(Adit Natasha Kini, The Week)

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