Lady Bird (15)

Comedy (2017)
94mins US

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Timothee Chalamet, Odeya Rush, Lucas Hedges, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts
Director: Greta Gerwig
Writer(s): Greta Gerwig
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

Sacramento high school student Christine McPherson yearns to escape the regulations of her Catholic high school for the bright lights of New York. She insists on being called by her "given name" of Lady Bird and regularly clashes with her caring mother, Marion, who works as a nurse at the local hospital. One of the nuns at school, Sister Joan, casually remarks on Christine's theatrical flair and the teenager subsequently auditions for drama club with her best friend Julie.

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Lady Bird (15)

Since 1929, only five women have been nominated for the coveted Directing statuette at the Academy Awards and only one of those hopefuls won - Kathryn Bigelow in 2009 for The Hurt Locker. Indie actress Greta Gerwig is the latest filmmaker to recalibrate that shocking imbalance with her magnificent directorial debut, a sublime coming-of-age comedy drama set in turn of the 21st-century Sacramento. Although Lady Bird isn't strictly autobiographical, Gerwig draws on fond memories of her Californian hometown for a beautifully observed valentine to mother-daughter relationships and youthful exuberance, infused with unabashed warmth for her well-drawn characters...

Lady Bird. Copyright: Universal Pictures. Caption: Saoirse Ronan as Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson and Beanie Feldstein as Julie in Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig. All Rights Reserved.The writer-director has a sharp ear for the ebb and flow of pithy conversations between friends and family, like when the title character asks her father if he can believe that it took Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette just 10 minutes to compose her hit, Hand In My Pocket. "I can believe it," he deadpans. Gerwig's sharp writing has attracted a stellar cast led by Oscar nominees Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf as the spunky title character and her hard-working mother, who generate friction every time they are in close proximity.

Sardonic high school student Christine McPherson (Ronan) yearns to escape the suffocating regulations of her Catholic high school. "The only exciting thing about 2002 is that it's a palindrome," she bemoans to her mother Marion (Metcalf), who works as a nurse at the local hospital. Christine's laidback father Larry (Tracy Letts) reluctantly plays peacemaker between mother and daughter, who insists on being called by her "given name" of Lady Bird. One of the nuns at school, Sister Joan (Lois Smith), casually remarks on Christine's theatrical flair and the teenager auditions for drama club alongside impressionable best friend Julie (Beanie Feldstein). To Christine's dismay, Julie wins a lead role opposite dreamy classmate Danny (Lucas Hedges) while she is consigned to the nameless ensemble. As hormones rage and Christine searches for acceptance from her peers, especially popular classmate Jenna (Odeya Rush), her friendship with Julie becomes strained and she pursues romance with an older boy, Kyle (Timothee Chalamet), who has yet to master the art of seduction. "You're going to have so much un-special sex in your life," he casually remarks to Christine after taking her virginity with a whimper rather than a bang.

Lady Bird is a near perfect confluence of direction, writing and performance. Being incredibly picky, there are a several instances when Ronan's accent falters and her melodic Irish lilt comes through loud and clear, which momentarily breaks the gently intoxicating spell cast by Gerwig's film. However, these are tiny missteps in an otherwise engrossing performance that earns tears and laughter in generous equal measure. "You're being ridiculous, you have a great life," scolds Marion during one heated exchange with her fiery daughter. Mother knows best.

- Kim Hu

Lady Bird. Copyright: Universal Pictures. Caption: Saoirse Ronan as Christine 'Lady Bird' McPherson and Beanie Feldstein as Julie in Lady Bird, directed by Greta Gerwig. All Rights Reserved.

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- Aberdeen, Cineworld Aberdeen - Union Square
- Antrim, Antrim Omniplex
- Arklow, Arklow Omniplex
- Athlone, IMC Athlone
- Ballincollig, The Reel Picture
- Ballymena, IMC Ballymena
- Bath, Little Theatre Cinema Picturehouse
- Belfast, Movie House Cityside (Yorkgate)
- Belfast, Movie House Dublin Road
- Belfast, Odeon Belfast
- Belfast, Queen's Film Theatre
- Birmingham, Empire Birmingham Great Park
- Birmingham, Everyman Birmingham
- Birmingham, The Electric Cinema
- Bournemouth, Odeon Bournemouth BH2
- Brighton, Duke Of York's Picturehouse
- Brighton, Odeon Brighton
- Bristol, Showcase Bristol Cinema De Lux
- Bristol, Watershed
- Cambridge, Arts Picturehouse
- Canterbury, Curzon Canterbury
- Cardiff, Cineworld Cardiff
- Carlow, IMC Carlow
- Chelmsford, Everyman Chelmsford
- Cheltenham, Cineworld Cheltenham
- Chichester, Cineworld Chichester
- Clonmel, IMC Clonmel
- Cork, The Gate Cork
- Cork, The Gate Mallow
- Crawley, Cineworld Crawley
- Derby, Derby QUAD
- Drogheda, The Arc Cinema
- Dublin, Cineworld Dublin
- Dublin, IMC Santry
- Dublin, IMC Tallaght
- Dublin, Irish Film Institute
- Dublin, Movies @ Dundrum
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- Dublin, Odeon Blanchardstown
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- Dublin, Odeon Point Village
- Dublin, Savoy
- Dublin, Vue Dublin
- Dundalk, IMC Dundalk
- Dun Laoghaire, IMC Dun Laoghaire
- East Didsbury, Cineworld Didsbury
- Edinburgh, Cameo Picturehouse
- Edinburgh, Vue Edinburgh Omni Centre
- Enniskillen, IMC Enniskillen
- Epsom, Odeon Epsom
- Exeter, Exeter Picturehouse
- Galway, IMC Galway
- Glasgow, Cineworld Glasgow - Renfrew Street
- Glasgow, Odeon Glasgow Springfield Quay
- Gorey, [email protected]
- Greenhithe, Showcase Bluewater
- Guildford, Odeon Guildford
- Harrogate, Everyman Harrogate
- Henley-on-Thames, Regal Picturehouse
- High Wycombe, Cineworld High Wycombe
- Inverness, Eden Court
- Ipswich, Empire Ipswich
- Kilkenny, IMC Kilkenny
- Leeds, Everyman Leeds
- Leeds, Vue Leeds The Light
- Leicester, Phoenix
- Limerick, Odeon Limerick
- Limerick, Showtime Cinemas Limerick
- Liverpool, Picturehouse At FACT
- Londonderry, Brunswick Moviebowl
- Manchester, HOME
- Manchester, Vue Manchester Printworks
- Midleton, The Gate Midleton
- Milton Keynes, Cineworld Milton Keynes
- Mullingar, IMC Mullingar
- Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyneside Cinema
- Newtownards, IMC Newtownards
- Norwich, Cinema City Picturehouse
- Nottingham, Broadway Cinema
- Nottingham, Showcase Nottingham Cinema De Lux
- Omagh, IMC Omagh
- Oxford, Curzon Oxford
- Oxford, Phoenix Picturehouse
- Portsmouth, Vue Portsmouth
- Reading, Showcase Reading Cinema De Lux
- Sheffield, Cineworld Sheffield
- Sheffield, Curzon Sheffield
- Sheffield, The Showroom
- Southampton, Harbour Lights Picturehouse
- Stillorgan, Odeon Stillorgan
- Stratford-upon-Avon, Everyman Stratford-Upon-Avon
- Swindon, Empire Swindon Greenbridge
- Thurles, IMC Thurles
- Tullamore, IMC Tullamore
- Tunbridge Wells, Odeon Tunbridge Wells
- Walthamstow, Empire Walthamstow
- Waterford, Odeon Waterford
- Watford, Vue Watford
- Wexford, The Arc Cinema, Wexford
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