Lady Bird is a heartfelt coming-of-age story that also gives us a parent's view of the teenage years [Review]

Lady Bird is a heartfelt coming-of-age story that also gives us a parent's view of the teenage years [Review]

With a caring but overbearing mother on her back, how will Lady Bird manage to spread her wings?

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Christine (Saoirse Ronan) is the titular Lady Bird, struggling to find her adult voice as her controlling mother Marion (Laurie Metcalf) looks on.
Photo: Merie Wallace/A24

Guaranteeing to make you both laugh and cry, Lady Bird is an emotionally raw coming-of-age drama that anyone who experiments with their rebellious side can identify with, and love.

The film revolves around Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan), a high school student from the Californian suburbs. The fickle teen struggles in a love-hate relationship with her iron-willed mother, Marion (Laurie Metcalf), while exploring her own identity through family, friendships, and love.


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There’s no question why Ronan’s performance won her a Best Actress Golden Globe. Her incredible portrayal of an outspoken, self-absorbed 18-year-old is one of the best ever. She flawlessly displays the angst and emotional distress that every soon-to-be adult experiences at some point.

Metcalf’s performance as the overly anxious and controlling mother, is also nothing short of spectacular. Marion is a complex character who has trouble showing affection, but shows how much she loves her daughter through her actions, which often directly contradict her cold words.

Lady Bird is more than a movie about cross-generational conflict and misunderstanding – it is a well-thought-out and precise sketch of the struggles of youth. In short, Lady Bird is a rare gem that you don’t want to miss.

Edited by Ben Young

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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Lady Bird speaks to teen emotion

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