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Lady Bird

Soairce Ronan plays Lady Bird (not about Ladybird Johnson!), a 17-year old free spirited girl who seems to regularly butt heads with her mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf). She is a girl who feels trapped in Sacramento and who desperately wants to go to college in the East. Not getting much support or encouragement from guidance counselors or her mother, she sucks at mathematics, applies to colleges, tries to fit in socially and academically at school, and navigates the world of boys and sex. I enjoyed this film as part coming of age story and the struggles of emerging adulthood and particularly the sometimes stormy, sometimes overtly supporting, and always loving relationship between mother and daughter who are so much alike and who both want more from Lady Bird. The acting is terrific; Ronan gives an award-winning performance, and the chemistry between Ronan and Metcalf evident in the interchanges between the two is electric. The screenplay is incredible; there is nothing that feels out of step in this story. Big thumbs up for this contribution by Greta Gerwig (Francis Ha) that feels so much like a dialog one would expect from her. This film seems like one most everyone would enjoy.

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